Housing New Zealand has completed work on the refurbishment of the Centennial Flats in Adelaide Street, Berhampore.
The Centennial Flats complex is a significant building in New Zealand’s state housing history. Built in 1938 under renowned Government architect Gordon Wilson, these Category 1 heritage status buildings were the first multi-complex block of flats ever built in Wellington, and are an example of the International style of modernist architecture.
A $7 million refurbishment programme was completed in March 2016. The work included seismic strengthening, exterior painting and renovations to the complex’s 46 units.
All the refurbishment work kept with the complex’s original modernist architecture style.
As part of the refurbishment programme, Housing New Zealand partnered with Berhampore School and Wellington City Council to establish a community centre.
The Centre concept came about after the community told us that they wanted a gathering place for a range of activities.
The Centre space was first used for group activities for tenants when it was built in 1940, it then became a residential unit. It is great that we have been able to return it to its original use – a place where tenants and the wider community can meet each other, learn, play and enjoy.
We are excited to see the centre being used for a range of community activities, from exercise classes to movie nights. We are also looking to have support services run out of the centre, for example budgeting assistance and health services.
The community centre can be used by the community by applying to the centre coordinator, Merio Marsters. Merio can be contacted on email@example.com or 021 389 823.