Major renovation planned

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A major renovation and expansion is planned for the Upper Clutha Rugby Cub clubrooms at the Wanaka A&P Showgrounds.

Club committee member Luke Robson said the $700,000 project was programmed to begin after next year’s rugby season.

The project was being overseen by the Showgrounds Sports Community Centre Trust, which manages the building.

The present buildings felt “very 1970s”, he said.

The kitchens were in a poor state and even exercise classes did not want to use the building because of the carpet.

It was hoped the newly renovated spaces would be more family-friendly and attractive to other community groups who would be welcome to use the facilities, he said.

The building at present is “scruffy” and the upgrade was welcomed by neighbours who attended a recent meeting about the project.

“We have the most scenic rugby ground in the country. But we have some of the shabbiest clubrooms. It will be nice to have the buildings to match,” he said.

The redevelopment would be in keeping with the existing roofline of the building, which was its key feature, he said.

It includes the creation of a commercial kitchen, a large deck and barbecue area and extra changing rooms.

The extension to the building would also increase storage space and allow the club to remove an unsightly shipping container now used for storage, he said.

The trust was working through the resource consent process but did not expect to face similar issues to those the nearby planned watersports facility building has faced.

Unlike the watersports building, it was an existing building and much further back from the water, Mr Robson said.