New Zealand: Future of Wellington library up for debate

(21 Jul 2020)  Wellingtonians are being given five options for the future of their library, but the city council has expressed a preference for high-level earthquake strengthening.

A consultation document which will go public on 27 July was finalised today at a City Council meeting.

The preferred option has a projected cost of between $174.4m and $199.8m. That would result in an average increase, for the average residential ratepayer, of between $74.30 and $86.20 per annum.

There are four other options which members of the public will be able to give their view on:

  • Low level remediation ($76.3m – $90.8m)
  • Mid level remediation ($131.2m – $151.8m)
  • New build on the same site ($156m – $160.7m)
  • New build on another Te Ngakau Civic Precinct site ($156m – $160.7m)

The building – designed by the late Ian Athfield – is an example of postmodernist architecture, and has been described as “Athfield’s most important public building.”

It has been closed since March last year, after it was deemed to be earthquake prone.

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