With 10,000 more people expected to move to Johnsonville in the next two decades, Wellington City Council has given the green light on the design stage for a new library that will meet the needs of the growing community.
Following a feasibility study, public consultation on the four options for the preferred site, and a geotechnical study being undertaken, the Community, Sport and Recreation Committee met to confirm that the project should now proceed to the design phase.
Submission feedback supported developing a community hub as a library, integrated with Keith Spry Pool and the Johnsonville Community Centre, so the Council subsequently included funding in the Long Term Plan for a $16.5m development over three years between 2015/16-2017/18.
“We know Wellingtonians love their public library service but the current site is too small to cater for the growing population in our northern suburbs”, says Committee Chair, Councillor Paul Eagle.
“Consultation and engagement have been an integral part of the process from the beginning, and will continue to be during the next stage too”, he says.
“Through extensive community engagement, locals have been firm in their preference for the location – an integrated facility with the neighbouring community centre and Keith Spry Pool. Now it’s time to get building”, says Councillor Eagle.
With the design phase being agreed upon by the committee, the next stage will be to initiate the procurement of lead consultants, appoint a lead project manager, and begin preliminary engagement with stakeholders about their involvement in contributing to the design phase.
Construction of the new Johnsonville library is planned for completion in May 2018.Enter content here