Council approves $4.5m Katikati library

An earlier concept drawing of the Kaitkati library. Photo: Supplied.

Katikati's $4.5 million double-storied library and service centre building and single-storey community hub has been approved by the Western Bay of Plenty District Council.

District councillors voted to award the construction contract to Watts and Hughes for the amount of $3.8 million.

The total budget for the project is $4.5 million and includes construction costs, fees and contingencies.

The total estimated cost of the project exceeds $4.5m and this week's explored elements of the project that can be delayed or eliminated to stay within the cost, which is a condition the

Approving construction and confirming the project funding costs at $4.5 million are significant steps in a project that has been well researched and planned over many years, says Mayor Garry Webber.

Decisions on any changes to elements needed to achieve this will take place during construction.

“It's very pleasing that we've now got to the stage where we are within reach of building much needed facilities in Katikati that will add real value to the community for years to come and become part of the fabric of what makes this area a great place to live,'' says Garry.

The Katikati Library has been planned for in Council's Long Term Plan (LTP) since 2012 and the project was consulted on with the community through the Council's 2015 LTP, and Annual Plan processes. 

A property at 21 Main Street was purchased in March 2011, and identified within the Katikati Town Centre Plan as a suitable location for a Library and Service Centre.

In the course of consultation with the community and the Katikati Community Board, the concept of a community hub as part of the area office/library was advocated and agreed by Council in March 2016.  External funding of $350,000 for the hub was obtained through a Lotteries grant.

In March/April 2017, Council went through a tender process, which was won by Watts & Hughes, on the understanding that they would be prepared to work through a value engineering process to ‘de-risk' the

project from their perspective while at the same time looking into decreasing the reliance on contingencies, which were making the project unaffordable within the scope of the budget.



7 Comments

Library Hub?

Posted on 06-08-2017 15:11 | By phoenix

The majority of residents voted against this project as extending the existing building would have cost a fraction of this. But once again council overides ratepayers opinions because they can increase rates even higher to pay for it.

Hissymo

Posted on 05-08-2017 14:25 | By Hissymo

If the council can spend $4.5million on a library why can't we get the Highway upgraded from Tauranga to Waihi.or is that to logical.

Best option

Posted on 05-08-2017 12:38 | By MISS ADVENTURE

For tauranga, if there must be one.

ME TINKS

Posted on 05-08-2017 12:03 | By old trucker

What a waste of money, surely there is a empty building there that could be refurbished ,is it not FUNNY when Councillors vote for, WHAT DO ratepayers think on this subject my thoughts on this they probably never got a say, no need for all these BAUBLES in a little town, and that money could have gone onto BYPASS,(HANGON) THAT PROBABLY WONT HAPPEN, as they will need to get (CONS)ULTANTS to have another look cause something might be a few inches out and re drawen and that will need another meeting and free lunch to discuss this,which will take till Christmas, and another meeting, in new year to look at it again, its terrible driving through there with a loaded truck and trailer as you have to stop for a person on a bike to cross that stupid crossing, my gosh, anyway Sunlive, Thankyou, 10-4 out, Phew.

Ah yes.

Posted on 04-08-2017 20:15 | By namxa

Money well spent. What else could it possibly be used for?Oh, wait, isn't there already a library?

Best option though

Posted on 04-08-2017 16:16 | By MISS ADVENTURE

Just run the bus from Tauranga to katikati a few times a day so as the handful of book worms can get to it there. Sell teh land by five sites here. fantastic solution.

What Tauranga needs.

Posted on 04-08-2017 16:14 | By MISS ADVENTURE

Worst case why not just copy that one, looks fine, low cost and more than enough as TCC already has five libraries.

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