Concept designs for Napier’s new library and governance facilities have been approved by the city’s Council.
The new facility will be constructed on the corner of Hastings and Station Streets and replaces the now demolished Civic building.
Napier Mayor, Kirsten Wise said approval of the concept designs marked a major milestone for the project.
“We’ve now reached an exciting phase, where we can get an idea of how the area could look in the future.”
“I know this will eventually become a very special place for Napier residents. We’re envisaging a community gathering space that all Napier residents can have ownership of and call our own,” she said.
Deputy Mayor, Annette Brosnan said community engagement on the vision for the project had been crucial.
“We then began developing the Library and Civic Area Plan, working closely with mana whenua, friends of the library, neighbours, and community groups to ensure the eventual outcome reflects a space everyone will want to be,” she said.
The concept design was developed by Athfield Architects and mana whenua design lead, Israel Birch. The design is underpinned by a cultural narrative that describes what is unique about Napier and the stories important to this city and surroundings, said Cr Brosnan.
“Our design partnership with mana whenua will continue through to the next design stage, including the outdoor public spaces,” she said.
The concept design images and cultural narrative can be viewed on Napier City Council’s website using the keyword search #TeAka.
Council is expected to adopt the proposed design in early 2025, with construction is due to begin in 2025/26.