New Johnsonville Library

Community consultation and concept design work for the new library is currently underway.

'What you think' on a yellow background with graphs underneath.

Have your say on the design process

We've received your feedback on the concept designs for the new library. We're looking at that feedback and preparing the preliminary designs. You'll be able to give your feedback on the preliminary designs in February 2016.

To see the concept designs and find out more, go to: New Johnsonville Library

Johnsonville Road and mall

Johnsonville Road and mall

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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.

Background

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.

Map of Johnsonville showing the location of the new library.

The yellow asterix shows the location of the new library

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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.

Funding

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.

Development objectives

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.

Next steps

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.

More Information

Jaime Dyhrberg

Phone: (04) 803 8686
Email: jaime.dyhrberg@wcc.govt.nz