The new St Albans Community Centre will open on Colombo Street in April 2021.
The new 400 square metre facility at 1049 Colombo Street includes a community hall and three meeting rooms.
It features a number of environmentally sustainable elements, including:
- Timber cladding and solid timber structural panels, beams and piles that, during their growth as trees, have stored carbon from the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere and locked up as timber for the life of the building.
- Double glazing that is predominantly north-facing so warmth from the sun to help heat the community centre during winter.
- Generous eaves to the majority of the north-facing glazing to help prevent overheating in summer.
- Very high insulation ratings of walls ceilings and floors to help reduce energy consumption.
- High-efficiency heat exchangers for mechanical ventilation of the hall to reduce energy consumption.
- Heat pumps to reduce energy consumption.
- LED lighting to reduce energy consumption.
- Flow restricting tapware to reduce water usage.
The previous St Albans Community Centre was badly damaged in the 2010-11 earthquakes and was demolished. A transitional St Albans Community Centre operated until February 2018 on the same block of land between Colombo Street and Caledonian Road where the new St Albans Community Centre will open.