Tauranga-based AP Demolition has been contracted to demolish the Tauranga City Council's former administration building on the corner of Willow and Hamilton Streets.
The library carpark will be closed this weekend while preliminary work is carried out, but the knockdown is expected to start next month, says Heart of the City communications advisor Amanda Weatherley.
The site is expected to be cleared by September. The administration building has been vacant since the discovery of a health affecting toxic mould in the building in December 2015.
Following reports and studies it was decided cleaning or renovating the building is not cost effective, with the process of deciding whether or not to demolish the building triggering a wider look at the council precinct and kick starting the Heart of the City project.
Council's safety measures during the demolition include traffic and pedestrian controls in place on Willow Street to minimise the impact on traffic, pedestrians, businesses and services.
The library car park on Hamilton Street will be closed for up to eight weeks during the project. There will be an alternative book drop-off site, access and disabled parking on nearby streets during this time. There is expected to be no impact to the Council Customer Service Centre or the library main entrance.
The 23 new on-street spaces on McLean Street completed last week, and seven new spaces on Durham Street outside the Kingsview will go some way to alleviate the inconvenience of losing the carparks.
The tender requires the contractors provide consideration of deconstruction methods, meaning the salvaging or reuse of elements of the building where possible to minimise the amount of waste to landfill.
AP Demolition's recent projects include the demolition of Whakatane Hospital, Tauranga Hospital's Jacaranda House and Taranaki Base Hospital's Stainton Block.
The council will continue to investigate other temporary parking and access options wherever possible to alleviate any loss of inner city parking as the city moves into a transformational time.
The project is part of the Heart of the City Programme of work, the purpose of which is to work in partnership to create a vibrant, safe and successful city centre.