The Whau Local Board (WLB) approved the draft design of the $21M Avondale Library Community Hub at the June meeting. The centre is now on a timeline to the proposed opening in August 2024.
The recent public consultation resulted in 315 pieces of feedback, including from 12 organisations. While largely positive, four general themes emerged:
Carparking was the biggest issue raised. The consultation at 16 carparks focused on the smallest parking option of the six explored. Other options ranged up to 28 parks, but these were not preferred. Now a separate carpark for 34 vehicles is being explored some distance away at the end of Racecourse Parade. WLB is very keen to have input on the final slipway parking design option chosen.
The other themes raised were the lack of play-space, the size of the facility and the location of the kitchen. The inclusion of a commercial kitchen on the reserve level has been praised, but the distance from the main meeting space has been questioned. After consultation, no change has been put forward to this, except for the provision of a kitchenette beside the meeting room. This decision has been guided by Maori protocols of separation of eating and meeting spaces.
The provision of a multi-use facility for Avondale that is designed with functionality, events/performances, powhiri, and markets in mind is a huge step forward for the town centre.
· June 2021 – Concept design approved by Whau Local Board
· August 2021 – Detailed Business Case approved by the Project Steering Group and Panuku PCG
· January 2022 – Developed Design
· November 2022 – Detailed Design
· March 2023 – Construction Commenced
· August 2024 – Facility Handover.
Note, the timeline above is subject to change.