New Civic and Memorial Centre, library gets green light

Matamata Civic Centre 2

Matamata-Piako District Council is pleased to confirm that the main contract to rebuild the Matamata-Piako Civic and Memorial Centre and library has been awarded to Stanley Construction Ltd.

Council approved the winning tender at its meeting yesterday. The tender amount of $5,488,787 plus GST was the lowest of five shortlisted bidders and on a par with the estimated costs for the construction.

“We are delighted that a local Matamata contractor Stanley Construction was the lowest bid,” said Mayor Jan Barnes. “This is an exciting project and provides us with a facility that will serve the community for the next 50 years. With a new hall seating up to 360, a larger library and rooms for community groups to use and enjoy, many groups and individuals will make use of it in the years ahead.”

Council had looked at a number of options over several years for renovating the hall and library. The old hall needed earthquake strengthening, rewiring and reroofing and there had been discussion for many years on improving the library space and improving flexibility of use for the complex. In the end, the cost of creating a new fully integrated facility was seen as the most cost effective approach.

Council had previously identified a provisional budget of $6 million in the 2015 Long Term Plan for the rebuild. “The overall costs including the build contract, design, consents, supervisions and temporary relocation of staff will bring the budget, including unforeseen items, to as high as $6.9 million,” Mayor Jan said. “However, Council had in 2016 identified funding from reserves which will mean that it has minimal effect on rates.”

The current Memorial Hall and some of the surrounding buildings will be demolished to make way for the new combined library, offices and hall. The only existing part of the complex to stay is part of the library, built in 1969.

Limited library and council services will be run from an adjacent temporary facility during the construction phase, which is expected to start in March with a contracted nine months to practical completion. “There will be some disruption to library services during this phase, but we will make every effort to minimise the impact on staff and customers,” she said.

The new library will be 50% larger and located alongside offices for the building control staff, currently housed in the 1940s Matamata Borough Council Chambers.

The new hall foyer will include the Roll of Honour, which will remain in its present position, with a new public area in front and a reheat kitchen for the hall behind. The cenotaph will remain. Council has invited the community to help fundraise for a future extension to include backstage facilities. The new hall will be built with provision for the potential extension.

The existing water feature at the front of the building will be removed to make way for the development and a plaque honouring the memory of Peter George Petersen, whose family bequested the water feature, will be relocated.

The new facility is expected to be fully operational early in 2018.


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