This project is the culmination of the vision and efforts of the YMCA Christchurch Board. The provision of funding via the government’s ‘shovel ready’ initiative means the YMCA’s aspirations for the youth and communities of Christchurch have been affirmed. These aspirations include refurbished accommodation for travellers visiting Christchurch, a new building for the YMCA’s range of ongoing community-based activities, and a range of new spaces for the community to use and enjoy, including a black-box theatre, a licensed preschool, a health and fitness centre and a dedicated youth space.
YMCA Christchurch is hugely grateful for the support received from Crown Infrastructure Partners
Going forwards, this building will provide us with a strong foundation that will allow us to continue to deliver on this commitment.
Our vision for this building looks like bringing youth and youth services back into the city. It looks like future-proofing our current assets for generations to come.
It looks like a place for leaders, creatives, athletes, dancers, students, travellers, young business owners, NGOs and community members to meet together, grow together and thrive together.
Stage Two April 2021 – Early 2023
YMCA City Gym
The YMCA Health and Fitness centre will remain open throughout the build. New operating hours are:
Mon-Thu 5am-9pm, Fri 5am-7pm, Sat-Sun 7am-6pm
Our bookable venue is still available for events. Click here for more information about Papa Hou.
Our 4C Centre will be relocating during the build. Join our 4C Facebook group page here to stay up-to-date.
YMCA Education Centre
The YMCA Education Centre will remain open.
Visitors to the Y will see hoarding up around the place and our Stage 2 contractors, Dominion Constructors Limited, are set to move on-site with their equipment over the coming weeks. Excavation of the site is set to begin on Monday 13th September, meaning we are pretty much on target with the building programme. Due to the extremely long procurement/shipping delays related to COVID-19, we have already ordered the bulk of the steel for the build, and the two lifts that will go in the new building. We are doing everything we can to foresee and mitigate potential delays.
An important step in our project is occurring on the morning of Monday 13th September before excavation begins. Maaka Tau from Ngāi Tūāhuriri Taumata will bless the land of our building site, the safety and success of our building team, and the staff/members of the YMCA who care deeply about the future success of our organization. This is particularly important because this piece of land is significant culturally – particularly to Ngāi Tūāhuriri. Once blessed, we can begin official works on the land.
What was once our carpark is now the increasingly active building site of our new premises. We recommend visitors make the most of parking in the area, including the free parking at the Botanical Gardens (for up to 3 hours). Other parking spots can be found at Car park map : Christchurch City Council (ccc.govt.nz).
Updates and building information can be found in the following places:
Community is at the core of everything the YMCA does and our new building project is no different. With that in mind,
we would like to invite our neighbours, members, and stakeholders to use this space to provide any feedback, thoughts
or ideas they may have regarding our site development.