Since 1862, the Y has been benefitting the young people of Christchurch through a range of education and leadership programmes. The Y has cultivated the environment and opportunities that youth need in order to learn, thrive and grow into a generation of strong leaders. Alongside our youth focus, the Y takes pride in being a place of growth and opportunity for all members of our local community, including older adults and people with disabilities.

This project is the culmination of the vision and efforts of the Y Christchurch Board. The provision of funding via the government’s ‘shovel ready’ initiative means the Y’s aspirations for the youth and communities of Christchurch have been affirmed. These aspirations include refurbished accommodation for travellers visiting Christchurch, a new building for the Y’s range of ongoing community-based activities, and a range of new spaces for the community to use and enjoy, including a black-box theatre, a licensed preschool, a health and fitness centre and a dedicated youth space.



Y Christchurch is hugely grateful for the support received from Crown Infrastructure Partners



The Y remains committed to our cause statement of ‘investing in the next generation’.

Going forwards, this building will provide us with a strong foundation that will allow us to continue to deliver on this commitment.

Our vision for this building looks like bringing youth and youth services back into the city. It looks like future-proofing our current assets for generations to come.

It looks like a place for leaders, creatives, athletes, dancers, students, travellers, young business owners, NGOs and community members to meet together, grow together and thrive together.


Key Dates
Stage 1 Hotel Give – completed August 2021

Stage 2 New Y – started September 2021 – finish date October 2023

Stage 3 Demolition of old stadium and new carpark – start October 2023 – completed by January 2024


New Build Features
Refurbished Accommodation

Upgraded Fitness Centre

New Early Learning Centre

Papa Hou Black Box Theatre

Movement Studio

Youth Education Spaces


Social/Community Impact

The Y is committed to engaging the local community and stakeholders throughout this project. As our ideas move from concept to reality, we are actively making a space for community voices to influence our decision making and be a part of the vision for the future of this building. Our focus is to ensure this space is fit-for-purpose for a number of activities and is accessible for all people.

The Build

The Y sees the opportunity for this building project to benefit the community from start to finish through our social procurement policy. This policy ensures that our partners and stakeholders are committed to doing their part for the good of the community by working in line with our vision and partnering with us to impact lives. Our build will also provide 120 much-needed employment opportunities for people in Christchurch.

The Future

The Y will continue to offer value for every person in the community and positively impact the lives of those who use our services. In particular, this new building will be a space for us to provide our charitable outputs and commitments to supporting, empowering, enabling and celebrating young people from all backgrounds and cultures. This is an investment that will provide value to the community for generations to come.


Design Plans






What’s Happening

March April

Recently the dozens of people involved in building our new Y celebrated the completion of the roof. The building is now fully wrapped and in a matter of weeks, the construction team will begin work on the façade. It is great to see windows and walls and services all going in at quite a pace.

Our scheduled opening date is October 7th which we know will come around very quickly.

We have been busy felling and milling some of the eucalyptus trees on our land in Wainui that were planted by volunteers in 1991. These will be installed in the interior fit-out of the new build – a very special feature with a great story behind it. The video below shows some of the process behind milling these trees.


Staying in Touch

The Y is committed to bringing timely and relevant information for all of our users, neighbours, and the wider community throughout this build.

Updates and building information can be found in the following places:

  • This site will be kept up-to-date with information regarding the building site, including upcoming noise and disruptions.
  • A monthly newsletter will be sent to all of our users and stakeholders with in-depth information about the progress of our build.
  • Follow us on our YMCA Facebook and Instagram pages to make sure you stay updated with everything we are up to.



Site Development Feedback

Community is at the core of everything the YMCA does and our new building project is no different. With that in mind,
we would like to invite our neighbours, members, and stakeholders to use this space to provide any feedback, thoughts
or ideas they may have regarding our site development.

Take the Feedback Survey by clicking on SHOW MORE



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