This complex, demanding, modernisation and alteration project in an elite Wellington suburb was undertaken by Waikanae based construction firm, Redican Allwood. Re-opening in August 2011
Commissioned in 1912 by Onslow Borough Council and designed by noted early NZ architect Frederick de Jersey Clere, the Khandallah Town Hall had suffered from a series of unflattering alterations and a decline in use over the years. Architecture HDT were engaged by WCC to restore the building and upgrade the facilities within to allow flexible and multiple uses for the present and future community.
Archive drawings and photographs, as well as a thorough investigation of the existing building, were used to document the façade restoration. Development on either side of the existing façade is deliberately kept to single storey in height, and set back from the front façade in order that the grandeur of the existing building façade is retained.
The restoration of the original deck and balcony structure gives the building a grand street presence, and provides a focal point for the street and wider community. The replacement of the original top lights and reglazing of the entrance doors improves the natural light in the lobby. More importantly, this opening up of the façade at ground floor draws people into a welcoming and spacious lobby. New steps and a disabled ramp at the ground floor level significantly improve the access and relationship to the street.
The interior layout was reconfigured to allow flexible and concurrent use by different user groups. The facility was also upgraded to meet the requirements of the New Zealand Building Code with respects to access and facilities for the disabled and fire egress. An additional entrance is provided on the western side of the front façade to provide an alternative circulation route to the currently underused stage space at the rear of the building.
The upgrade was initiated by the Khandallah Community Forum and Onslow-Western Ward Councillor John Morrison, who has been a long-time advocate of the project.
The Council contributed $1.07 million and the rest of the funds were raised by the Khandallah Community Forum and the Khandallah Cornerstone Resource Centre Trust.
The major upgrade and extensions will enable the building to meet the current and future needs of the community and remain the heart of Khandallah Village for another 100 years.
The facade has been restored to its original design while the interior has been transformed into a multi-use facility that makes better use of space without compromising the main hall.
ATS Timber products were used extensively throughout this project both on the exterior and interior – mainly from the Kakapo Clears range. This was a demanding project that involved matching to mouldings that were run over 100 years ago though new Weka No.1 and Weka SG8 products on an exterior deck with a band sawn timber batten as a decorative base board. Sucessful collaboration of our Timber Consultants with Redican Allwood and our Approved Reseller resulted in a beautiful finished job.