Opening December 2018

At our new home we will continue to help Aucklanders by providing a positive environment where they can build great relationships, grow personally and have a positive impact in the wider community.  We will create a vibrant, attractive location where everyone is welcome and which will play a positive role in the local community.

Our church, has been located at 95 Mt Eden Rd for the past 17 years where we’ve conducted Sunday services, youth events, leadership training sessions, conferences, and a number of other community activities. Founded by Pastors Paul & Maree de Jong over 25 years ago, we are a multi-campus church with other Campuses at Albany on the North Shore, Manukau in South Auckland and at Melbourne, Australia.  

As part of the City Rail Link project for Auckland, our Mt Eden Rd site was required to build the rail connection from the new tunnels to the existing line to Newmarket that will serve trains travelling between the city and the south. For information on the Mt Eden station plans go to https://www.cityraillink.co.nz/crl-stations-mount-eden/

Through a period of consultation with Auckland Transport we have secured the 27 Normanby Rd site and have also been able to obtain the adjacent, former BIC site (25 Normanby Rd).

In terms of the development, this is a two year project that commenced March 2017 and will be completed by December 2018.

Central Relocation Project Includes

- 1750 seat auditorium with tiered seating
- 300 seat conference room
- Indoor multi purpose room with the potential for use as an indoor basketball court
- Kitchen and café with ability to operate as a commercial kitchen or café
- Foyer spaces
- Multiple new toilet blocks
- On site carparks
- Purpose built kids and youth areas, including 12 rooms in total

Current status

The project is reaching new levels of intensity and momentum. Everything is tracking well and we are making some headway with critical items.

 All the necessary regulatory consents have been granted, the major ones being Resource and Building Consents.

All the major steelwork is now complete.

 Stryde Projects (the main Contractor and builder) has been onsite since early 2017, and has undertaken a majority of the demolition works, internal framing, in-ground services, concrete footing and slab works. Starting in May, Stryde will start the site works required to form the carpark area which will consist of over 200 carparks – the initial works will include the demolition of the current site office buildings which will change the look of the whole site considerably. The major retaining wall and overland flow path between Auckland Grammar School and our boundary have recently been completed.

The building is now watertight and the team are not far away from putting on the exterior cladding around the auditorium. External joinery has begun arriving and is currently being installed.

The main auditorium is around 16 meters in height and constructed mainly out of steel, with large portal frames holding up the roof. The type of roof that has been installed is the system called 'durra' panel. This is has 2 main outcomes, one to keep the rain out, and secondly, but more importantly, it operates to optimise the auditorium acoustics. The underlying structure for the tiered seating is steel with timber laid on top.

In the auditorium, the paint work on the ceiling is now complete. The main catwalks and secondary structures have been installed as well as the stairs to the back of the auditorium. The final finishes will occur over the next few months. Moving forward most of the critical work will now occur inside.

Internally, the services team (plumbing, mechanical, electrical and fire) will be running their main service runs, commonly known as the services ‘first fix.’ The building will be fully fitted out with fire sprinklers, and have new mechanical equipment. For the auditorium, the air conditioning vents will mainly come out from under the seats.

Take a look at the fly-through render of the New Central Campus.

Location Map

Building Plans

 

 

 

 

Contact Us

If you'd like to connect with us or have any questions or suggestions regarding our development at Normanby Rd please contact us on 09 306 4222 or email at: projectmanager@lifenz.org