Johnsonville Road and mall
The new library will be located next to Keith Spry Pool and the Johnsonville Community Centre.
The alignment of these three facilities, and the final design of the building, will create an integrated hub, establishing a focal point for the Johnsonville community.
The need for a new Johnsonville library was first identified in 2010, following a Council review of community facility provision within the area.
Johnsonville has also been identified as a key development area within the Wellington region. This forecast population growth reinforces the need for an improved library service.
The yellow asterix shows the location of the new library
Finding a site
In 2011, we investigated four potential sites for the expanded Johnsonville Library. Through a specific consultation and engagement process, the community expressed a preference for the new library to be located next to the pool and community centre, forming an integrated hub of community facilities.
Council first allocated funding to this project in 2012-22 Long Term Plan.
A budget allocation of $16.5 million in capital expenditure was recently confirmed in the 2015-25 LTP.
The big picture
The new library development is a core component of the Council’s Johnsonville Town Centre Plan.
This recognises Johnsonville as Wellington’s largest town centre outside the central city, and highlights its key role in servicing the Northern suburbs.
This plan outlines a long-term framework guiding the development of Johnsonville into a more attractive and multifunctional town centre.
The Johnsonville Library expansion is a flagship community development project for Council. At 1800m2, the new Library will be three times larger than the current facility, and will be a flexible space, capable of serving all of Wellington’s Northern suburbs.
We want to create a smart and sustainable facility, which combines modern and traditional library elements, and operates as a versatile, community-orientated hub.
Development work for the library is beginning now, and will progress throughout 2015-16, with project completion expected by mid-2018.
Council has engaged the iconic local firm, Athfield Architects, to provide architectural and design services for the new library development.