Carterton Events Centre

The Carterton Events Centre is a major enhancement to the town’s heritage library, with a range of new spaces for the community to meet, from a 300 seat auditorium to Plunket rooms.


  • New Zealand


  • Carterton District Council

Project Status

  • Completed 2011


  • 2012 Architecture Award - Public Architecture
  • Heritage and Adaptive Re-Use Property Industries Merit Award
  • Ingenium Excellence Award
  • NZ Engineering Excellence Award (Finalist Building and Construction)
  • Structural Award (Arts or Entertainment Short-listed)
  • Structural Award (Community or residential Short-listed)
  • Wellington Architecture Award

Making Carterton’s heritage library even better

This multi-purpose community Events Centre in the heart of Carterton is woven in and around the refurbished existing fabric of Carterton’s grade two listed heritage library. Working with the Carterton District Council and over 80 local community groups, WSP Architecture has developed an integrated community facility to meet both the current and future needs of the Carterton community. The Events Centre is the heart of the town with a 300 seat auditorium, an information centre, exhibition space, a youth centre, community meeting rooms, archive space and Plunket rooms.

The design encompasses LVL bracing walls to provide earthquake resistance in the main hall – the second time in the world this New Zealand developed technology has been used. The events centre also features sustainable solutions such as rainwater recycling and passive thermal design. The auditorium/town hall is being fitted out for theatre. The refurbished heritage library is now twice the size and incorporates modern IT and the community Toy Library. 

The WSP team delivered a full design consultancy service, including architectural design, structural and services engineering, transportation and drainage engineering, heritage and archaeology professionals.