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All Saints Centre

The All Saints Church in Hataitai is a registered heritage building on a site surrounded by mature pohutukawa trees.

The All Saints Church in Hataitai is a registered heritage building on a site surrounded by mature pohutukawa trees. With the original hall next to the church in a state of severe disrepair, this project consisted of the demolition of the church hall and the rebuilding of new facilities for this vibrant parish

The new All Saints Centre is designed to function as a complementary space alongside the existing church and includes a hall space for 200, a smaller informal gathering space, parish administration offices, services spaces and kitchen.

The centre is made almost entirely of timber and is a modern interpretation of the rich timber interior of the historic existing church. The structure of the centre is made from exposed pine LVL timber beams and columns that are placed on the same structural grid as the church and echo the church interior’s exposed timber beams and columns

The centre’s Hamilton Road and Moxham Avenue elevations are clad in vertical rough sawn cedar weatherboards that respect the scale and materiality of the adjacent residential neighbourhood, as well as referencing the warmth and scale of the church’s brick exterior.

The tongue and groove Victorian Ash flooring through the hall and main circulation routes was selected for its warmth and aesthetic qualities as well as its long-term durability. The remainder of the centre is constructed of predominantly traditional timber framing for ease of constructability and accessibility for a range of different contractors.

The new centre has become an important community facility with 10,000 visitors in its first year.

Use of Timber

The following is a list of timber products used in the All Saints Centre project.

Structure: LVL Hyspan used as aesthetic and structural element

Framing: Pinus Radiata, both treated and untreated

Exterior Cladding: Cedar rough sawn shiplap weatherboards of varying widths and thicknesses to create texture and variety

Flooring: 19mm tongue and groove Victorian Ash on 17mm plywood

Courtyard Decking: Pinus Radiata

Ceiling Panels: Woodtex, a combination of timber strands mixed with cement