Does Christchurch need a new sports hub?
Does Christchurch need a new central library?
Council staff are pushing for a new athletics track and sports hub in southwest Christchurch.
At a full Christchurch City Council workshop today, councillors considered designs for a "world class" central library and a new sports hub.
Recreation and sports unit manager John Filsell told councillors that Nga Puna Wai, adjacent to the Canterbury Agricultural Park in Curletts Rd, was the preferred option for a new sports hub.
Though still in the early stages, the council was looking at putting facilities for athletics, tennis, hockey, rugby league and football on one site.
Many of those sporting codes lost their facilities as a result of the earthquakes and have been scouting for a permanent home ever since.
Recreation and sports unit development manager Simon Battrick said there was an international trend to have sports hubs rather than individual sites for different activities.
They had identified four sites - Carrs Reseve, Nga Puna Wai, Avonhead Park and Templeton land. However, Nga Puna Wai was the preferred option.
Battrick said the park's shape and size, location to the central city and its position in a growth area of Christchurch made it the best option.
However, Filsell said it did come with some risks, particularly around transport.
He said he hoped council would support the proposal and if so, they would seek approval for a feasibility/concept plan for an athletics track and sports hub including doing consultation with key stakeholders.
Filsell said if this was positive then staff would provide a report on the proposal, with staged delivery, to the council later this year.
'LIBRARY OF THE FUTURE'
A world-class "library of the future" could be built in central Christchurch by the end of 2016.
Council library services manager Carolyn Robertson stressed how important a new central library was for the city.
A new central library fronting Cathedral Square was included as one of the anchor projects in the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan.
The council is leading the project and has budgeted $60 million for it, with another $25 million to come from the council's "transformational'' fund and central government.
The government will also contribute up to $19 million for the land for the library.
The new library will replace the old Gloucester St library which is to be bulldozed to make way for the city's new convention centre.
Robertson said the library would be a place for inspiration, connection, culture and knowledge.
"It needs to be an uplifting building and it will have a key role in the revitalising the square and the CBD," she said.
The library will incorporate exhibition, performance and events spaces as well as a café.
Robertson said the spaces needed to be reconfigurable to ensure the building was future proofed.
"It's about the community coming together with the resources and services."
It will end up being the largest public library in the South Island, the second largest in New Zealand and one of the largest in Australasia.
Major facilities rebuild manager Mike Hannaway said the library needed to be of sufficient size for the city.
A floor area demand analysis determined a floor area of 11,750sqm.
"It's an important civic building. We have a new site in a great location. It's going to be there a long time and we want to make a great statement."
The design is expected to completed by June 2014, with a tender process completed by October that year and work starting on site in December.
It is expected the project will be completed in late 2016.
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