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Wednesday 15 May, 2019
Last week, the Council confirmed the future Ashburton Library and Civic
Centre that will service our district for the next 50-plus years, and it was
through a combined community effort that this milestone was achieved.
Councillors approved a joint facility with enough space to meet the
community’s needs for years to come and that will utilise energy efficiency
This decision provides a clear path forward for work to progress on
delivering this asset for our community, and it’s very pleasing to now be at
this stage of the project.
The budget of $51.6 million was arrived at with great consideration for
the features our community will need, what residents told us through the
consultation process and from the expert advice we received from the Project
Manager, Architect and wider design team.
While the Council’s preferred option was for a $45 million facility (Option
One) that would meet our needs, this was not the most favoured option for
residents in the consultation.
The majority of support was for a $53 million facility (Option Two),
followed by Option One. Some feedback asked for a combination of elements from
these two options.
It became apparent that many residents were focused on ensuring that the
building is fit for purpose, with a strong emphasis on building for the future:
“Build it once and build it right” was a common theme.
With this in mind, we prepared a report outlining the cost and potential
consequences of including or not including particular elements in the facility.
This report was presented to Councillors, and on Thursday 9 May, the decision
was made for a hybrid version of Options One and Two.
The new Ashburton Library and Civic Centre will see a dynamic shift from
the library features we currently provide, from a book-centric space, to one
that encourages modern learning and embraces technology. It is envisaged that
it will have space for a children’s discovery centre, teen space, lounge and
study areas, and a collections display area.
The facility will have the larger library space that was proposed in
Option Two of 2,450 square metres, with room for tiered seating to accommodate relatively
small performance activities such as book readings and recitals.
The Council has also set aside a provision in the budget of $3 million
for environmentally sustainable design elements. These will be subject to
Council approval on a cost-benefit analysis of each feature.
Another consideration was around the standard that the building would be
constructed to. It was decided that the Civil Defence Emergency Operations
Centre would be constructed to Importance Level (IL) 4 standards, and the
remainder of the building to IL3 standards (100 per cent of the building code).
From here, the Council will begin work on the facility’s detailed
designs. We’ll continue to provide updates so that you can stay up-to-date with
this significant project.