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Picton Community Day

Picton Community Day

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  • Wed 17 Feb ’16, 11:00am – 3:00pm


Old Medical Centre Building, 71 High Street, Picton


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

Picton people are invited to an open day with the architects of the new Picton Library so they can see how the plans for their new building are unfolding.

The Community Open Day will be on Wednesday 17 February, from 11.00 am until 3.00 pm, in the former medical centre rooms, next to the existing Picton Library and Service Centre in High Street.
The design sketches are now on display at the existing Library in High Street. The architects will be available at the Open Day to answer questions about the design.

“Athfields Architects have taken a lot of time to research the needs to be fulfilled by this building. Now we want people to look at the sketches, then come and talk about the plans. This is still the early stage of the project and no doubt there will be refinements before plans are finalised,” said Councillor David Oddie.

The designs feature a commanding building with timber-clad exterior reflecting the sea-going history of the town. The sloping walls of the building mirror the shape of a vessel while a large bay window on the mezzanine floor frames the view down High Street to the harbour. Recycled and aged planking will encase the building’s street faces with vertical shiplap timber cladding on the south and west sides.

“Timber has great resistance to corrosion, it weathers gracefully and it’s a very appropriate building material for a key public building in a port town like Picton,” said Councillor Oddie.

The new building, which will also house Council’s services in Picton, will be more than 700 m2, more than double the space of the existing library and service centre.

The design of the building’s interior will draw on local history and legends important to Picton iwi, Te Atiawa such as the location of the original Waitohi kaianga/pa, Kupe’s journey from Hawaiki and the chase of the whekenui (octopus), and the importance of wai (water).

Community meeting spaces, smaller meeting rooms, study nooks and desks, window seats and a children’s area have all be incorporated into the plans and there will be outdoor sitting space in a public courtyard on the sunny north western side of the building.

Later, when the existing library building is removed, another green space for public use will be created.

The various design stages are due to be completed by June when tenders will be called for from local contractors. Construction is due to start mid-year with the new library and council service centre scheduled for completion next year.

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