Rolleston’s new library and community centre takes shape

by Kent Caddick

Design concepts for Rolleston’s new library and community centre have now been approved by the Selwyn District Council.

Construction of the library and community centre is set to begin in April next year, and it is planned to be completed in 2020.

The original budget set at $19.1 million, has increased to $22.2 million.

A council spokesperson said the new budget recognises construction costs with comparable library projects in the Canterbury region.

“The new budget also leaves room for any additional costs incurred during the building process.”

The new library and community centre is one of the centrepieces of the Rolleston town centre master plan, which was adopted by the council in 2014.

The plan sets out a vision for a town centre, located on what is currently part of Rolleston Reserve, which will be a vibrant and engaging destination for Rolleston and the wider Selwyn district.

In addition to housing the library’s collection — key features of the library and community centre include meeting rooms, a performance space along exhibition and display areas.

Council will soon seek resource consent for the new building, and a detailed design for the facility will be created.