An upgraded town square and a new library and community hub are a key part of Auckland Council and Panuku Development Auckland’s regeneration of Avondale over the next 10 to 15 years.
Conversations with mana whenua, stakeholders, business owners and the Avondale community in recent years have formed the basis for the draft design. Four key themes emerged as a priority for the facility and outdoor spaces - community connection, creative uses, learning & development, and community services.
These themes have been woven into the draft design to offer:
• A new, integrated library and community hub – a multi-purpose community facility integrating library and community centre services. The hub will have multiple spaces flexibly designed to accommodate and deliver a range of activities.
• Outside spaces – an enlarged and refurbished town square fronting Great North Road, an outdoor space fronting Avondale Central Reserve and a new laneway (beside the new library and community hub fronting Avondale Central Reserve).
Architecture and design studios Athfield Architects and Isthmus Group have been working side by side on an integrated design for the new buildings and outdoor spaces since the end of last year. Their draft design aims for a vibrant, fun and active place that is functional on a day-to-day basis, while also being flexible to allow for a range of activities and events. It’s a place to share, connect and meet, hang out and play in the heart of Avondale.
Now it’s time for you to have your say as we are keen to know your thoughts on the draft design. There are many ways you can provide feedback, both online and in person, until May 17. We’ll then review all feedback and feed this into a revised design which will then be considered by the Whau Local Board for approval.
You can submit feedback through council’s akhaveyoursay.nz website, visit Avondale Library or one of the drop-in sessions listed below.