We're engaging with the community as we draw up plans for rebuilding the quake-damaged South Library and customer services building, Te Kete Wānanga o wai Mōkihi, in Beckenham.

It's time to drop in and see us!

South Library is beloved by its community, and on Wednesday 8 February 2023 we’re engaging with customers and staff about what they want to see in a rebuilt facility.

Here's your chance to meet the designers – your feedback will shape the design, feel and functionality as we prepare the initial concept design. The building will keep the same floor area and remain on its riverside site.

Drop in and see us at the Beckenham Service Centre Boardroom in the South Library building. Register using the link below

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The structural support at South Library

The South Library and Service Centre building was badly damaged in the 2010/2011 earthquakes. Temporary strengthening has made it fit to occupy, but the community deserves a permanent solution that will future-proof the facility for decades to come.

Even setting aside the earthquake damage, the South Library and Service Centre building opened in 2003, and is due for a much-needed upgrade of the building services – it could be much greener and more energy efficient, and the space inside could be improved to better suit customers and staff.

No start date for construction work has been set yet, but should funding be approved in a future annual or long-term plan, we intend to begin construction in 2024 once the new Matatiki: Hornby Centre(external link) is up and running in late 2023.

In the meantime, the building will remain open to the public as normal.

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October 2022

The lease opportunity for the café at South Library is now being advertised(external link). Expressions of interest close on 31 October 2022.

August 2022

The job of preparing a concept design for a rebuild went out to tender on 19 August 2022. Visit gets.govt.nz(external link) if you’re interested in tendering for the job, and if you have any questions about the tender, please use the portal provided at the link.

We expect to appoint a designer in November 2022, and the design process can begin. At this stage, we’ll engage with the community in more depth about how to perfect the design, including with groups who currently use the facility.

June 2022

The Council’s Sustainability and Community Resilience Committee has agreed that it makes more sense to build a new facility than to repair the existing building. Read the report.(external link)

It is clear that from a financial and sustainability perspective, rebuilding is the best option. It means we can future-proof the facility for decades to come and create a greener, more energy-efficient building that will meet the community’s ongoing needs.

Staff were directed to begin the design process for a rebuild of the library and customer services on its existing site. They will engage with the community about what they want to see in the new facility as part of that process.

We expect to have a concept design to consider and more detailed costings in the first half of 2023.

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Read more on Newsline.(external link)

South Library is beloved by its community, and we’re engaging with customers and staff about what they want to see in the facility – your feedback will shape the design, feel and functionality. The building will keep the same floor area and remain on its riverside site.

You can email southlibraryproject@ccc.govt.nz to have a say on the project at any time during this process.

We'll also be engaging again in more depth from November 2022, following on from the initial public survey [PDF, 396 KB] we did in July 2022.

When it comes to funding, we’ll also engage with the city as a whole as part of a future annual or long-term plan consultation process.

Early 2023

Concept design

We expect to have a concept design to consider and more detailed costings in the first half of 2023.

December 2022

Café tenant appointed

Vily's Café opened at the South Library building in January 2023. Vilem Gebek is our new operator, and he's a passionate and experienced barista. When creating his new menu, Vilem kept food waste minimisation principals in mind – everything is being made in-house and sourced from local suppliers like Bohemian Bakery, Frank's Café, and Café Berlin.

June 2022

Rebuild investigated

The Council’s Sustainability and Community Resilience Committee has agreed that it makes more sense to build a new facility than to repair the existing building.

Read more on Newsline(external link) and read the report(external link).