Two landmark projects for Rolleston

by Kent Caddick

Selwyn District Council is likely to give the green light to two landmark community projects in Rolleston, costing around $37 million, at its meeting this week.

Council will be reviewing an updated proposal for an extension to the Selwyn Aquatic Centre in Selwyn, along with design concepts for the new Rolleston Library and Community Centre.

The two projects were proposed in the Long Term Plan 2018–2028 and previous annual plans.

The combined cost of the two projects is about $37 million — making it council’s largest community facility expenditure to date.

Property and commercial manager, Douglas Marshall, said the projects are key developments in meeting the increasing needs of the Selwyn district, as its population continues to grow.

“This is a substantial investment in the district, which ensures that two important facilities meet the future needs of all Selwyn residents,” Mr Marshall said.

“The message we’ve heard from our community during consultation is to ensure that we are providing the facilities our district needs, not just for today, but also for future generations.”

Selwyn’s population is forecast to grow from around 60,000 today to 80,000 by 2028.

The Rolleston Library and Community Centre will be the focal point of the new town centre, to be developed in the vicinity of Rolleston Reserve and Tennyson Street.

Property and commercial manager Douglas Marshall says the new $22 
million Rolleston Library and Community Centre will be the focal 
point of the new town centre

The facility will feature meeting spaces, enough space for current and future library collections, performance spaces, exhibition and display areas, children’s spaces and research and historical spaces. Mr Marshall said public consultation late last year provided valuable feedback on the features and configuration of the centre.

“The design concepts show a building with a distinctive, visually strong appearance that is uniquely Selwyn.

“It was very important that the design fits in well with the landscape around it.  From the Tennyson Street site, the Selwyn landscape is very prominent, with views from the mountains through the foothills and down to the Canterbury Plains.

“The facility will be an asset for the community and the first step in developing a town centre the people of Selwyn can enjoy and be proud of.”

Construction on the $22.2 million project is set to start in April 2019, with handover pencilled in for July 2020.

The council is also set to implement plans to extend the Selwyn Aquatic Centre including the building of a new 10-lane, 25 metre main pool, along with reconfiguration of the existing pool.

Mr Marshall said adding a 10-lane pool to the current facility would effectively more than double the current lane swimming capacity, giving the best combination of increased capacity and flexible use while being the most cost-effective option for ratepayers.

The revised proposal, with a total budget of $14.8 million, also includes a cafe, subject to a business case, which would service both the Aquatic Centre and the sports hub at Foster Park and a feasibility study into future swim capacity in the Darfield area.