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Timber Design Awards

Carterton Events Centre

The Carterton Events Centre is the first civic building to be built in the town for more than 100 years, and incorporates an innovative blend of old and new – the refurbished, heritage Public Library building built in 1881, and a new modern ‘Town Hall’.

The Events Centre is located on Holloway St as part of a civic precinct gifted to the town by its founder Charles Rooking Carter. Designed to meet both the current and future needs of the Carterton community and wider Wairarapa region this new facility has been delivered for the Carterton District Council through extensive consultation with over 80 different local community groups.

The Events Centre includes a 300 seat multi-use town hall / auditorium; a refurbished, strengthened and expanded heritage listed Public Library; exhibition and community meeting spaces; Plunket; Information Centre and a refurbished Youth Centre – all incorporating sustainable design principles.

The auditorium’s innovative Pres-Lam system uses locally grown and manufactured LVL as large vertical shear walls held in place with internal post-tensioned high-strength steel rods. The walls rock in an earthquake, absorbing earthquake energy as they move and return the building to a near-vertical position once the shaking stops. LVL is also utilised for 20m span auditorium roof trusses.

The use of locally sourced timber extends throughout the Centre with the majority of the timber structure and finishes coming from nearby Wairarapa forests.

The new Carterton Events Centre has exceeded expectations and is now very much at the heart of the Carterton community.