A new, purpose-built, 1,100m2 single-storey library is being constructed on Decks Reserve between the iSite and the Kiyosato Japanese Gardens.
Coman Construction and Jerram Tocker Barron architects have been appointed to carry out the design and construction of Motueka’s new $5 million library. Construction begins in September 2020. The new library will open in early 2022.
The design was chosen for its sustainability features, accessible design principles and opportunities to reflect and celebrate the rich culture and heritage of Motueka.
The single story, 1100 square metre building will utilise passive heating and cooling, and the design aims to use timber and other environmentally-friendly materials. Universal design principles will ensure it is accessible for all residents using features such as step-free access, gentle ramps, wide corridors and colour to differentiate spaces.
Additional parking has been created on Wallace Street.
The concept design was inspired by the functional, traditional forms of rural farm buildings in the Motueka area. A feature entrance wall will be developed in consultation with iwi and the wider community to celebrate Motueka’s cultural and community identity.
A feasibility study in 2018 compared the pros and cons of redeveloping the current library site or having a new building on Decks Reserve.
Following professional advice and community feedback the Council decided Decks Reserve was the preferred site. We then looked more closely at the best site for the new library in Decks Reserve and have chosen the area between the iSite and the Kiyosato Japanese Gardens.
The Council engaged Nicki Moen, an experienced library manager and designer, to develop a design brief with members of the community. The key requirements from the community include, in no priority order;
In February and April we held workshops with community members to develop a design brief for the new library. We have also looked into a number of technical issues to choose a suitable site.
During the workshops there was strong support for a library on the Wallace Street site. The benefits include:
The main downside of the location is a loss of green space in the park, and the community asked us to minimise the building footprint but also make sure the new building has good inside-outside flow and connects to the environment.
We are also working with Motueka iwi representatives to explore issues for iwi and Maori. Iwi representatives are supportive of a new library in Motueka and a cultural impact assessment has been undertaken to help us understand the site.
We're planning to redevelop Motueka Library over the next few years, to provide the community with a modern facility able to meet the need for library services into the future.
The existing library in Pah Street is about half the size it should be for the size of the town it services (using Library and Information Association of New Zealand standards). Motueka's population is expected to grow over the next 20 years, which will put added pressure on the already overcrowded facility.
Construction - began mid-September 2020
Planned construction end - late 2021
New library opening - early 2022
October 2018: Informal public consultation on library redevelopment options.
December 2018: The Council considers public feedback and chooses preferred option.
Mar – June 2019: Site investigations
Jun 2019: Public feedback
September 2019: Council decision whether to proceed with site
December 2019: Procurement of contractor
2019 - 2020: Planning and design
A feasibility study into the redevelopment options has been completed by Jerram Tocker Barron Architects, and recommended a new library in Decks Reserve as the preferred option.
The Motueka Library project has been consulted on with the community through Long Term Plan and Annual Plan consultation rounds dating back to 2012. In addition to targeted consultation with neighbouring organisations, library users and others, two community surveys were also undertaken in 2018 and 2019 to gauge support for a new build or redevelopment of the existing library, and on the proposed location for a new library in Decks Reserve.