We're rebuilding the earthquake-damaged South Library and customer services building, Te Kete Wānanga o wai Mōkihi, in Beckenham.
The South Library and Service Centre building was badly damaged in the 2010/2011 earthquakes. While we've been exploring options for a permanent solution, we’ve used temporary strengthening to make the facility safe to occupy.
Councillors have supported a recommendation from the Waihoro Spreydon-Cashmere-Heathcote Community Board and decided on a full rebuild instead of a repair, and Christchurch City Council will now proceed full steam ahead with detailed design.
The concept design [PDF, 13 MB] is based on the same floor area as the current facility, and provides for the same services – library, customer services, learning centre, café, governance spaces and meeting rooms.
The layout of the facility is updated with improvements to how the space can be used and to provide more flexibility for future use.
As part of the concept design for the building, we’ve also developed a master plan for the landscape and outdoor areas [PDF, 2.3 MB]. This plan is designed to work alongside the Mid-Heathcote River/Ōpawaho Linear Park Masterplan [PDF, 17 MB].
The concept design carefully considers the building’s energy efficiency and the total carbon impact of the project over the life cycle of the building. The design allows for solar panels and EV charging to be included in the future. You can leave feedback on the design here.
The rebuild project is estimated to cost $32.75 million. The Council currently has $22.6million of funding put aside for the South Library and Service Centre building, so will need to confirm extra funding for the project as part of next year’s Long-Term Plan 2024–2034 process, at which point we'll confirm a timeline for construction.
In the meantime, the building will remain open to the public as normal.
Councillors have supported a recommendation from the Waihoro Spreydon-Cashmere-Heathcote Community Board and decided on a full rebuild instead of a repair, and the Council will now proceed full steam ahead with detailed design.
You can email email@example.com to have a say on the project at any time during this process.
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.
In May 2023, we revealed the concept design for the rebuild of the South Library and Service Centre building. You can see the design here [PDF, 13 MB] or in the foyer at the South Library and Service Centre. You can read all the public feedback on the design here [PDF, 105 KB]. This feedback will help shape the final design and how it functions.
Councillors decide to progress the design of the rebuild based on the concept design and approve the project budget, noting that it will need to be confirmed in the Long Term Plan 2024–2034. Read more on Newsline.(external link)
The Waihoro Spreydon-Cashmere-Heathcote Community Board recommends a rebuild of the South Library building and endorses the concept design. Read more on Newsline.(external link)
Ignite Architecture appointed as the lead designer.
The concept design is released for public feedback. Read more on Newsline.(external link)
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.