Restoration of Leys Institute, Ponsonby

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Leys Institute

Restoration of the Leys Institute in Ponsonby

About the Leys Institute

The Leys Institute at 20 St Marys Road is a group of heritage buildings.

These buildings are earthquake-prone and closed in December 2019 due to safety risks. They need improvements to make them easier to use and safer in the event of an earthquake.

Auckland Council and Waitematā Local Board are preparing to restore and modernise these buildings so they will last for generations to come.

The buildings were constructed by the Leys family in 1905 for the benefit of the local community. They were the first major public buildings in the expanding suburb of Ponsonby.

Due to their historic significance, they are an important heritage taonga (treasure) to preserve.

We have worked with mana whenua and a rōpū of community leaders, including representatives from Friends of Leys, Heritage NZ, local community associations, and the Ponsonby Community Centre to develop design options.

Our heritage architect has a long history with the buildings and brought valuable local knowledge to the design process.

What we are proposing

We have developed two concept designs for the heritage restoration, seismic remediation and modernisation of the Leys Institute.

The community needs a space that serves them now and in the future.

Design 1

Design 1 is a more expensive, best-case scenario based on our understanding of what current and future communities might need from the Leys Institute.

Design 1 – Leys Institute from Dedwood Terrace. 

Design 2

Design 2 is a lower-cost option. However, it offers fewer services and spaces for our community and will not meet the needs of our children or grandchildren.

Design 2 – Leys Institute from Dedwood Terrace.

We encourage you to view the concept plan for a more detailed comparison of the two designs. You can find more information on the concept plan, design and funding in our FAQ section.

What we want your feedback on

We want your feedback on which of the two concept plans you prefer.

We also want to know if you are comfortable with a targeted rate to fund design 1.

When you can have your say

You can have your say from 5 October 2022 to 5pm on 1 December 2022.

What happens next

The feedback you provide will:

• be presented to the Waitematā Local Board

• influence the choice of design for the restoration of the Leys Institute

• influence how we fund construction.



Restoration of the Leys Institute in Ponsonby

About the Leys Institute

The Leys Institute at 20 St Marys Road is a group of heritage buildings.

These buildings are earthquake-prone and closed in December 2019 due to safety risks. They need improvements to make them easier to use and safer in the event of an earthquake.

Auckland Council and Waitematā Local Board are preparing to restore and modernise these buildings so they will last for generations to come.

The buildings were constructed by the Leys family in 1905 for the benefit of the local community. They were the first major public buildings in the expanding suburb of Ponsonby.

Due to their historic significance, they are an important heritage taonga (treasure) to preserve.

We have worked with mana whenua and a rōpū of community leaders, including representatives from Friends of Leys, Heritage NZ, local community associations, and the Ponsonby Community Centre to develop design options.

Our heritage architect has a long history with the buildings and brought valuable local knowledge to the design process.

What we are proposing

We have developed two concept designs for the heritage restoration, seismic remediation and modernisation of the Leys Institute.

The community needs a space that serves them now and in the future.

Design 1

Design 1 is a more expensive, best-case scenario based on our understanding of what current and future communities might need from the Leys Institute.

Design 1 – Leys Institute from Dedwood Terrace. 

Design 2

Design 2 is a lower-cost option. However, it offers fewer services and spaces for our community and will not meet the needs of our children or grandchildren.

Design 2 – Leys Institute from Dedwood Terrace.

We encourage you to view the concept plan for a more detailed comparison of the two designs. You can find more information on the concept plan, design and funding in our FAQ section.

What we want your feedback on

We want your feedback on which of the two concept plans you prefer.

We also want to know if you are comfortable with a targeted rate to fund design 1.

When you can have your say

You can have your say from 5 October 2022 to 5pm on 1 December 2022.

What happens next

The feedback you provide will:

• be presented to the Waitematā Local Board

• influence the choice of design for the restoration of the Leys Institute

• influence how we fund construction.