News | 20 December 2022

Te Matapihi – Central Library getting ready for reconstruction

LT McGuinness is on-site at Te Matapihi - Central Library and in full swing with enabling and strengthening works making the building ready for reconstruction.

Outside of Te matapihi
Te Matapihi, Harris street

The concrete facade on Harris Street is being removed, which will be replaced by a glass curtainwall to bring in more natural light. This work also allows the piling plant and equipment to enter the ground floor early next year—the first of several major tasks to strengthen the structure—followed by new concrete foundations for the base isolators.

Work being done on Te Matapihi
Concrete facade removal - Harris Street

The developed design has been completed, including spaces, accessibility, layout and circulation, with three new entrances and a ground floor café extending under the mezzanine level connecting back to Victoria Street.

There will be more designated quiet spaces—seating to read and browse the collections—and active public areas to meet and connect.

Te Matapihi inside
Internal view towards Harris Street

Te Matapihi has a central role in the life of our city and the strengthening and design support the delivery of library and other services in one place for everyone to enjoy.

Find out more on the project page.