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Auckland Council is building a new library for Ranui on the corner of Armada Drive and Swanson Road. This new library will replace the facility which has served the community well since 1995 but lacks the space required to meet the needs of the modern library user. Around four times the size of the existing facility, the new 800-square metre will be built over two levels.
It has been designed to meet the community’s desire to be a welcoming and inspirational space which reflects the community values of Ranui as well as being a space that people of all ages can gather and learn.

Features of the new library include:

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On the ground floor: A children’s area, enclosed courtyard, desktop computer access, a living room reading area as well as staff area. There will also be lounge area where people can sit back and relax and read the day’s news or their favourite magazine
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On the upper floor: A quiet reading area for adults, a young adults area, outdoor reading terrace, quiet and meeting spaces as well as computers
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A saw-tooth roof line reflecting a piece of Ranui’s history as a sawmilling community
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Expansive windows to take advantage of the views from the mezzanine floor as well bringing in natural light
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Designed to be warm and inviting, we are investigating the possibility of including a fire place in the downstairs area
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There is also a courtyard for those wanting to relax outdoors
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Close proximity to public transport and a car park, which will be located at the rear of the building.

Sustainable design principles:

This building will feature a series of sustainable design principles including,
thermal mass walls, natural ventilation and daylighting. Thermal mass allow the building to be resilient to temperature as the dense material absorbs and releases heat at a different rate than air which evens out day time temperatures. Natural ventilation will draw cool air in at a low level and vent warm air at a high level. Daylight will shine deeper into the building, reducing lighting costs and maintaining a connection for patrons and staff to the outside environment.

Integrated Art:

Artist Nic Moon has been engaged to integrate art in to the new library.
The main sculpture “The Great Forest” will be in the heart of the library centre. The piece’s central focus is a series of five old shovels incised with native plant leaf skeleton from local trees. Her designs are also incorporated in to architecture of the building forest-inspired patterns on the floor and the steel exterior canopy.

Project timeline:
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Developed design – in progress
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Detailed design to be completed in May 2012
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Constructed expected to begin in July 2012
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Construction expected to be finished September 2013
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New Ranui library to open October 2013.
 
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Building programme delayed until 2013

The adoption of council’s Long-term Plan (2012-2022) on June 28 has seen funding for this project confirmed but delayed for a year, meaning construction is now not expected to begin until mid-2013. This was as a result of a reprioritisation process conducted across the whole of the council and our council-controlled organisations, applied to keep the council rates increase within 3.6 per cent. However, the project team will continue working behind the scenes on refining the design, making decisions about the fittings and fixtures, and prepare for the building and resource consent process.
 
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