Auckland Council’s planned $250,000 upgrade of Orewa Library is a great opportunity for a redevelopment that might allow the facility to accommodate more Council services, according to Hibiscus & Bays Local Board chair Julia Parfitt.
Council has allocated $80,000 to “a comprehensive building refit” of Orewa Library and a further $170,000 to replacement of the facility’s roof.
The investigation and design stage of the project is due to start over the next month, with physical work expected to begin early next year.
Mrs Parfitt says that the planned upgrade is an opportunity to consider how the library could be redeveloped or even expanded, in light of Council’s decision, made last year, to sell the Orewa Service Centre building in Centreway Road (HM March 1, 2018).
As well as providing access to Council services, Orewa Service Centre contains offices for the local board and a room where its public meetings are held.
Last year Mayor Phil Goff told Hibiscus Matters that Council’s Corporate Property team would work with the local board to identify alternate space in Orewa for the customer service centre, staff workspace, and meeting space for the local board.
Mrs Parfitt says any redevelopment of Orewa Library has the potential to accommodate the substantial growth taking place in Orewa, Silverdale and Millwater while maintaining a service centre in an excellent and convenient location.
“This is a long-term project that requires further investigation and funding to develop a much-needed asset for our community,” Mrs Parfitt says.
However, Council’s community facilities work programmes manager, Kathryn Martin, says at this stage the plan is merely to renew some internal fixtures, fittings and equipment that are deemed to be at the end of their service life. Most of the budget will be spent on the roof.
“We will be repairing some sections of the roof including corroded and rusting metal, parts of the steel beam, metal flashings and other sections of the galvanised steel,” she says. “The work will also include replacing some ducting and extending some overflow pipes.”
She says while it is to early determine the impact of this work on the delivery of library services to the community, Council anticipates that any disruption will be minimal.