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Waikanae library and community hub
Since our old library closed, we’ve been looking at how we can deliver a modern, sustainable, accessible community facility for Waikanae.
After listening to the community’s feedback and considering several building options, Council agreed to refurbish the former library. The building will be developed into a modern library and community hub.
14 February 2024 – Following a competitive tender process, we've appointed Studio Pacific as architect for the new Waikanae Community Hub.
We received 15 tenders for the design contract and Studio Pacific’s impressive body of work creating sustainable and uplifting buildings, combined with their track record of collaborating with clients and communities, really made them stand out from the crowd. Their recent projects include designing Tākina, Wellington’s new Convention and Exhibition Centre, and designing Te Manawataki o Te Papa - a collection of civic buildings and spaces including a new library and community hub for Tauranga.
Working closely with Studio Pacific, our team will develop concept designs tailored to the needs and desires expressed by the community during last's years consultation with the Council.
A modern library will be a key feature of our community hub. As well as the traditional features of books, newspapers, and computers, modern libraries offer a wide range of activities and experiences. They connect, strengthen, inspire, and activate their communities.
We have a unique opportunity to reimagine what our new library facility could offer our community and look forward to sharing the concept designs in the coming months.
Along with the new Mahara Gallery, the development of a new library and community hub is a key part of our vision for Mahara Place to provide an attractive, vibrant heart for Waikanae Town Centre.
The Waikanae library building was closed in November 2018 due to poor air quality, and a temporary library opened in the former Artel Gallery space in Mahara Place in July 2019.
We’ve had advice from a range of specialists, and we’ve tested a lot of thinking along the way with our community advisory group, the Waikanae Community Board, mana whenua, and others.
Modern libraries are changing; they’re more of a community hub offering a wide range of activities and experiences. They connect, strengthen, inspire, and activate their communities.
We have a unique opportunity to reimagine what a new library facility could offer our changing community.
We looked at options and limitations around a physical space, what property Council already owns, and the possible impacts of purchasing more.
We also took into account:
- previous engagement, which told us the new facility must be in Mahara Place
- the right sized facility for the predicted 2051 Waikanae population of 24,500 people
- how we can minimise further disruption to businesses and the community in Mahara Place, which has already endured several years of construction
- avoiding replicating services that are, or could be, delivered by other providers.
Following an extensive engagement process between 12 June and 22 July 2023, Council agreed to refurbish and extend the former library building to provide a warm and welcoming multi-functional space. This option is budgeted for in our current Long-term Plan and does not preclude us from looking at how we incorporate other options in the future.
31 August 2023
Council voted to progress work to refurbish and extend the former library
Building condition assessment – determining/confirming the structural condition and strength
Internal strip out of building and decontaminate if needed
Start early 2024
Check in with community on concept design
After community check in
The project objectives describe what we aim to deliver for our community with this new facility. The feedback we received on these objectives will help guide location of the new library, and the design and functions the new facility offers, including:
- supporting communities to connect
- building healthy and resilient individuals and community
- creating a sense of place and belonging
- providing opportunities to learn, work, and create
- supporting cultural identity and understanding
- championing inclusivity
- providing an exemplar for sustainable practices.
- Designer appointed for new Waikanae Community Hub (14 Feb 2024)
- New Waikanae Library and Community Hub gets the green light (1 Sept 2023)
- Council now seeking community views on options for the new Waikanae Library and Community Hub (12 June 2023)
- Waikanae Library closed for urgent maintenance (28 Nov 2018)