A report found that NCC's civic building and main library were earthquake-prone. Work has begun to plan and deliver the best possible library service and building for our community.
In 2017, the Library Building was assessed for seismic strength by an independent, qualified consultancy called Strata Group. The building was found to be 15% of New Building Standards (NBS). This is very low, and could pose a potential risk to visitors and staff in the event of a large earthquake.
A plan for the future was needed, thus work on a Library Strategy was undertaken, which involved much community consultation and was adopted by council in December 2018. The strategic plan had some key focus areas:
Alongside the library strategy, a library site selection matrix was adopted by council to give a robust framework in which to proceed. A long-list of 16 sites were identified as potential options and reports were developed for each which included; site extent, hazards, regulatory requirement, heritage and cultural issues, services and tenure.
In April 2019, the councillors were presented with the results of site selection matrix and it was recommended to them that we progress with further due diligence on selected sites. This may include tasks such as spatial planning, engagement with Heritage NZ and other key stakeholders, discussions with structural engineers and architects. It is expected that this may take a few months to complete.
Once a clearer picture has formed as to the advantages and disadvantages of each site, ease of development, and the cost of this, a single site will be proposed using a Special Consultative Procedure process.
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