Naenae Pool and Fitness

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Feedback closes - nearly 400 individual submissions

A big thank you to all those who submitted feedback on draft plans and design for the new Naenae Pool and Fitness Centre.

Submissions are currently being reviewed. A summary of the feedback will be available soon.

To view the draft design click here.

Feedback closes - nearly 400 individual submissions

A big thank you to all those who submitted feedback on draft plans and design for the new Naenae Pool and Fitness Centre.

Submissions are currently being reviewed. A summary of the feedback will be available soon.

To view the draft design click here.

  • Out with the old - make way for the new

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    Demolition work is now underway at Naenae pool, paving the way for construction to begin on the hotly anticipated new facility.

    The pool has long been considered the “beating heart” of Naenae by locals, and draft concept plans for the $68 million replacement are being reviewed by the community to ensure it fits with their vision and aspirations for their neighbourhood. The draft designs draw on local cultural heritage and align with Council’s wider sustainable, environmental, wellbeing, and leisure goals.

    Lower Hutt Mayor Campbell Barry visited the site and the 32-tonne demolition machine that will bring down the 65-year-old pool and fitness suite.

    “The community and former pool users will be as pleased as I am to see work get underway. With the draft design plans out for feedback it now feels like this project has real momentum,” said Campbell Barry.

    “I know it may be sad for some to see the old building come down. But this work marks the start of an exciting and significant milestone towards creating our new Naenae Pool.”

    Contractors have removed as much internal material as possible and Hutt City Council’s project team will be working with all those who have indicated they would like something as a keepsake or to recycle for their own requirements.

    The demolition will begin at the centre of the building and bring down the roof before demolishing the concrete exterior. The project will repurpose up to 80% of existing materials to save it going to landfill.

    Demolition is scheduled to continue until early 2022.

  • Stage one of demolition starts

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    The first stage of demolition on Naenae Pool and Fitness suite has begun!

    With the appointment of Lower Hutt based demolition contractor McMahon Services NZ work to salvage items of interest ahead of the demolition of the old building is underway.

    The requests for a memento or item from the pool to repurpose attracted more than 150 responses and we are working through those at the moment.

    Mayor Campbell Barry says he is excited to see good progress and work forging ahead. You can watch his final walk through the pool building ahead of demo starting here.

  • Demolition contractors appointed

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    The start of demolition of the earthquake prone Naenae Olympic Pool and Fitness suite is imminent with the appointment of a demolition contractor and quantity surveyor.

    Lower Hutt based demolition contractor McMahon Services NZ has been appointed to take down the 65 year old Naenae Olympic Pool building to make way for the new centre, and quantity surveyors Barnes, Beagley, Doherr have also been appointed to manage construction production and costs across the life of the project.

    Lower Hutt Mayor Campbell Barry says that demolition is due to begin when we are in Alert Level 3.

    “The appointment of contractors means we are close to seeing major work happening on site, with demolition occurring as soon as strict lockdown restrictions are lifted. This gives us and the community confidence that the project is progressing, and sticking to the timeline of having a new pool built by 2024,” says Campbell Barry.

    “While the old facility carries a lot of fond memories for all of us, I’m certainly excited to take a step towards getting shovels in the ground.”

    Demolition of the current pool and community hall will begin with the removal of materials that have the potential for recycling or reusing within the new building. Full demolition and site preparation is expected to be complete by early next year.

    A blessing and community event will be held in Hillary Court to farewell the current pool when Lower Hutt when restrictions on gathering are lifted.

  • Community invited to salvage a piece of Naenae Pool history

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    The demolition of the old Naenae Olympic Pool is soon to get underway, and Hutt City Council is inviting the community to own a piece of local history.

    As the Naenae Pool rebuild and redevelopment of the town centre gets underway, the project team is aiming to reuse and recycle as much of the old pool and community hall as possible.

    People who are interested in seeing the final list of salvaged items can express an interest by e-mailing:

    Potential salvage list for Naenae Pool and Community Hall



    Entrance Porch on the east side of the building and the details: the modernist style timber eaves, supported by slender columns/posts (a mid-century modern feature).

    All solid wood and ledged doors and their operation mechanisms

    All panelled and glazed doors and their operation mechanisms

    Solid wood skirting along the floors

    Solid wood floor of the ‘auditorium’

    Clerestory windows and their operation mechanisms in the ‘auditorium’

    The entire solid wood ‘stage’ with the floor, staircase, and railings

    The ‘stage’ historic wooden false ceiling (with openable wooden panels to suspend props/lights) with the metal clasps.

    Windows in the entire building with their operation mechanism

    Electrical fixtures from the mid-century in the ‘auditorium’

    Nosing on the entrance staircase


    Metal grilles and grates around the building plinth

    Roof gutters around the building

    Door handles, bolts, and latches


    Historic Wall heater

    Power room /board

    Wooden benches (seen outside)

    Mid-century chairs (at least 3 seen)

    Rimu bearers, joists and supports for auditorium floor

    Wall spots from Auditorium


    Windows and their operation mechanism

    Glass fixed in various windows

    Glass blocks used in fixed lights

    Cast in situ concrete Diving Platform

    Aluminium windows in the pool area

    Aluminium fixed windows along the pool wall

    Light fixtures along the pool wall windows

    White glazed tiles along the pool walls

    Ledged braced-battened doors

    Brickwork where exposed

    Nosing on the concrete stairs

    Tiles along the edges of the pool

    Door handles, bolts, and latches

    Wooden benches


    Historical Signage ‘Naenae Olympic Pool’

    Historic Plaques

    Time Clock Punch Card holders

    Soda & Alum Mixer Bins

    Historic Safety/Warning Posters

    Main pool circulation pumps


    Wood from seats around Learner's Pool

    Wood from seats in Changing rooms

    Glulam beams from both pool buildings

    Hydro slide and poles

    Pirate ship

    Starter blocks to Main Pool


    Q. Will everything on the list be available for the public.

    A. While all of these items have been identified as worth salvaging, it’s likely not all of them will be able to be removed from the pool in a useable or safe state. We will also hold on to some of the items for re-use in the new pool. However we will make as much as possible available to the public.

    Q. If more than one group is interested in items, how will you decide who gets them?

    A. If more than one group is interested in items we will initially give preference to community and not for profit groups, particularly those in Naenae, and if needed we will hold a ballot.

    Q. When will the items be available?

    We’ll let anyone who expresses an interest know when things become available.

    Q. Will there be a cost?

    Some large items that are going to other projects may be charged for, but there will be no charge for items going to community or not for profit groups and members of the community.

  • Call for local business interest

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    Local businesses are being encouraged to express interest in being part of the Naenae Pool build.

    Building a new pool in Naenae will not only deliver a new community asset but also provide opportunities for local people and businesses.

    Local businesses can register an expression of interest and will then be alerted when an opportunity comes up through the duration of the project. Council will outline the specific services and products needed at each step of the build but are also interested in any sort of service or product people think could be included.

    This is a once in a generation investment for Naenae, and encouraging businesses to get in touch with us to be part of the project is about maximising every dollar we spend to get as much local impact as possible.

    Council is also working with local iwi, the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce, and tertiary providers to ensure the Naenae rebuild provides as much of a boost to the local economy as it possibly can.

    Businesses can register their interest here

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  • Whakatupu Ngaengae Newsletter

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    For updates on the latest about the Naenae Pool and Fitness suite and the Spatial Plan read the latest Whakatupu Ngaengae newsletter here

  • Naenae Pool rebuild design team appointed

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    Lower Hutt Mayor Campbell Barry has announced the appointment of an experienced design team to work with Council and the community on the rebuild of Naenae Pool.

    “Architecture HDT Ltd has been selected to provide the design services for the Naenae Pool project, and bring to life the vision of our community,” Campbell Barry says.

    “Visitor Solutions, Boffa Miskell, Powell Fenwick and GHD have also been selected to provide expertise across community engagement, urban design, and sustainable building. Collectively, they will ensure the new Naenae Pool will be a first-rate aquatic facility for the local community and the wider Wellington region.”

    Campbell Barry says the appointment of the design team is a critical milestone for the project, and states they will work closely with the community in the coming months.

    “We are continuing to make good progress on the rebuild of Naenae Pool, and the appointment of the design team is a critical step ahead of the construction phase. This is a large scale project, in size and cost, so we have a duty to the community to get the preparation right to ensure the rebuild runs as smoothly as possible.”

    “I know people are eager to see physical work begin on site – and so am I. Demolition will begin in the middle of this year, and with the design team now appointed, we can ensure that construction follows promptly after the demolition work is complete,” Campbell Barry says.

    Mark Bates, Architecture HDT director says the team is incredibly excited to be involved in the project.

    “We have the opportunity here to create a best practice, modern aquatic facility that is vibrant, exciting, efficient and truly reflective of the Naenae community. We recognise the potential for this project to be transformational and regenerative for the community as people from all around the Wellington region come and use it.”

    Council will be keeping the community updated on Naenae projects on the Have Your Say website. People can visit the site for the latest news and subscribe to updates.

    The design team

    The design team incorporates some of the most experienced aquatic and sports design specialists in New Zealand:

    • Architecture HDT Ltd has an established reputation for sports and aquatic facility architecture, and included within the wider team are a collection of consultants with similarly proven reputations.
    • Visitor Solutions will provide support for further community engagement and analysis expertise.
    • Boffa Miskell will be responsible for the urban design and the landscape around the building, and the integration with Naenae town centre.
    • Powell Fenwick’s expertise is in building services and sustainability; and they are already working with the council on carbon neutral strategies for existing aquatic facilities.
    • GHD is a multidisciplinary firm responsible for the structural and civil design inputs, with a recent track record in large aquatic developments.

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  • Milestone for Naenae Pool project with AECOM confirmed as key partner

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    Lower Hutt Mayor Campbell Barry has welcomed a key milestone in the project to rebuild Naenae Pool, with the appointment of AECOM to provide Project Management Services.

    This appointment kicks off the next stage of the project between Council and the Naenae community, and formally lays out the next steps for rebuilding the Pool and revitalising the town centre. AECOM will partner with Council to coordinate and manage this once in a generation project for the people of Naenae and the wider Lower Hutt community.

    “We are thrilled to have AECOM on board to progress the next stage of the Naenae Pool rebuild and revitalising the town centre,” says Lower Hutt Mayor Mayor Barry.

    “They will bring significant experience and expertise in project management and aquatic facility construction management to ensure we can deliver the best possible result for the Naenae community, Lower Hutt and aquatic sports.”

    AECOM was selected from an extremely strong field of more than 20 companies who expressed an interest in being involved.

    “This partnership includes an agreement that all workers on the project will be paid at least the Living Wage and they’ll also be looking for opportunities for local companies and service providers to contribute,” says Mayor Barry.

    “With the Naenae town centre spatial plan also recently approved by Council, things are really starting to gather momentum.”

    The next steps in the process involve geotechnical testing and site preparation, and early next year the project team will be working with the community on pool design which is the next big milestone. As part of the design conversation the project team will be looking at new sustainable technologies which will limit the impact of the pool on the environment.

    “We’re currently working through a process of converting many of our existing facilities including pools from gas to electricity. With the new Naenae Pool we have the opportunity to set a new benchmark for our facilities,” says Mayor Barry.

    Ian Martin, AECOM’s Wellington Regional Manager, says the team is looking forward to delivering a top-quality aquatic facility for the people of Lower Hutt and pool users in the wider region.

    Funding for the pool project will be included in the draft 2021/2031 Long Term Plan, which will go out for public consultation in March 2021. The Government has also announced $27 million co-funding for the project a COVID Response and Recovery initiative.

  • Background

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    In April 2019 Naenae Olympic Pool was closed to the public due to seismic issues.

    After extensive community engagement in December 2019 Council agreed to progress a proposal to build a new pool and fitness suite on or next to the site of the current pool (subject to funding) and to develop a spatial plan for the town centre (see spatial plan page). In 2019, pricing indications showed the cost of rebuilding the pool to a standard where it would meet the needs of all existing pool users would cost $54M. In 2021 the project costs were reviewed to take into account construction cost increase since 2019, and likely increased before building starts. It also made allowances for sustainable technology for reducing the operating costs of the pool in future years and its impact on the environment, and we need to invest more upfront to achieve that. This led to a revised cost of up to $68M.

    The Naenae Pool project was successful in receiving co-funding of $27M from central government as part of investment in COVID Response and Recovery, which will be managed through a partnership with Crown Infrastructure Projects (CIP).

    Council has also agreed to invest the $9M previously budgeted for a community hub in Naenae into other projects identified in the new Spatial Plan.

    Naenae Pool and Fitness

    Based on feedback from the general community as well as aquatic sports groups and pool users from around the region, the main objectives of the Naenae Pool project are to deliver an aquatic facility that:

    • responds to the Voice of the Community Report by meeting the needs of the community, aquatic sport and the wider Lower Hutt community
    • fits within the existing Hutt and Wellington Region Aquatic network
    • contributes to council’s sustainability and environmental strategies.

    The Naenae pool+fitness replacement project is an exciting new development to replace the much loved facility which closed in 2019. With 450,000 visitors a year, it's a valued asset for Lower Hutt and the wider region and the new facility will unlock social, economic and recreational benefits for the region.

    Council has agreed with the Voice of the Community report which clearly showed replacing the pool and fitness facility is a priority within the Naenae community. Work has already started on preparing the site for demolition. The design process will start in May.

    The new pool and fitness facility will be open late 2024.

    More information
    For more information about the Naenae Pool project, please contact the Whakatupu Ngaengae Team.

Page last updated: 24 November 2021, 12:47