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The Future of Building One, ex Carrington Hospital @ Unitec

Have your say at the Open Day
Point Chevalier Library August 8th, Saturday 10-4pm
Workshops and Information Day
Carrington Hospital Community Feasibility Study -“A new lease of life for asylum”

Share your ideas and vision here:

Imagine Carrington Hospital’s Building One in Point Chevalier activated as a cultural heritage, community arts, creative and well-being hub. The landmark building, which was an Auckland psychiatric asylum from 1865 to 1992, is a protected Category A historic place (list #96).

Point Chevalier Social Enterprise Trust (PCSET: CC#57177) is preparing a feasibility study1 on the Building One project, on behalf of the Crown and Mana Whenua. The study will investigate the potential use of Building One as a vibrant community space that facilitates public access to affordable art and creative studio spaces, residencies, holistic well-being centres, a cafe, lecture theatres, community rooms, workshops, youth and adult education programmes.

Carrington Hospital was purchased by the Crown from Unitec in 2018 and is currently leased by Unitec for its Architecture, Art and Design faculty. Unitec is due to vacate Building One by 2021, and relocate to the Mount Albert campus hub. Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau and the Crown (through the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development) are development partners in the residential development of the site, and intend to make decisions on the future adaptive reuse and preservation of Carrington Hospital in due course.

This is an exciting opportunity to connect, regenerate and energise the surrounding diverse communities of Point Chevalier, Mount Albert, Waterview, Avondale, and the wider population of Tāmaki Makaurau.

For further information or expressions of interest, please contact Chris Casey:, or Graeme Bennett:
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