Gore Library and Community Space Redevelopment

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Update #4: Redevelopment Going Well

The building work on the old James Cumming Wing is progressing as planned, and is expected to be completed by late 2022.

Much of the original interior has been demolished to make way for new internal structures to support the new open layout.

The original main access to the James Cumming Wing will be the Library entrance. Access to the first floor will be via a new internal open staircase and a lift. The end closest to the Senior Citizens will be the James Cumming Community Centre.

The site is managed by Signal Management staff and is closed to the public for obvious safety reasons, but some progress can be viewed from Ardwick Street.

There have been some materials delays to work around, but this is a nationwide situation affecting the building industry, and unavoidable.

Update #3: Tender Awarded For Redevelopment

JC Builders 2020 (formerly Jones and Cooper Builders) has been awarded the main contract to build the new library and community centre.

The company is one of seven Gore businesses awarded over $2.1 million in work associated with the project. Subject to gaining building consent, work was expected to start early next month.

The project sees the transformation of the former James Cumming Wing hall and function rooms into a modern library and community space. The total cost is $7.935 million, a 16.3%increase from projected costs formulated almost a year ago.

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Update #2: Redevelopment Work Starts

After months of planning, preliminary work is about to begin on the redevelopment of the James Cumming Wing into a new library and community centre.

Scaffolding will start going up in the next couple of weeks as contractors prepare to remove asbestos from the exterior. About 12 trees and other vegetation around the building have to be pruned or removed to make room for the scaffolding.

For the full story go to our News Feed

Update #1: Gore Library On the Move

The Gore Library will be relocating to the Encounter New Life Church, in Jacob Street (off Hokonui Drive) in April to allow work to start on the new library and community spaces at the James Cumming Wing.

It will close on Friday 16 April and reopen in Jacob Street on Thursday 6 May.

For the full story go to our News Feed




Concept Plan

Thanks to everyone who gave us feedback on the concept plan for the new Gore Library and James Cumming Community Centre. We will get back to you with the final plan when it's ready.

Please take the time to look at the plan and read our Overview if you haven't done so already.

Where it all started

We are redeveloping both levels of the James Cumming Wing, including the hall, to make a new home for the Gore Library and new community spaces.

The project involves gutting the interior of the building and creating contemporary, appealing spaces fit for current and future needs. These spaces will not only accommodate our extensive book collection, but also feature community areas for meetings and activities.

The James Cumming Wing and old library have faithfully served our District for almost 50 years. We now have the opportunity to design and build a solution inclusive and easily accessible for everyone.

Get Involved

Last year we asked for your ideas about what you would like to see in the redeveloped library and community hub. This feedback has influenced the draft designs.

Just go to the tab below to see the ideas, comments and photos we received.

We also held community conversation workshops in August. There was opportunity for further community feedback before the design was finalised.

Location

The reason the James Cumming Wing was chosen for the new library, instead of the former site in the heritage precinct, is the amount of space and its central location. The old library was only 760sqm, whereas the total area of the Wing (ground floor and first floor) is 1,700sqm.

The old library would also need a significant amount of money spent on a new roof.

Funding

Our funding partners for this project are:

  • $3 million Government 'Shovel Ready' project funding
  • $958,000 Mataura Valley Milk development contribution

The Council has also set aside $1.1 million in its 10-Year-Plan to re-roof the library. This money may be redirected to this project.

We expect construction work to begin in early 2021 and finish the following year.

For more information, please read our Frequently Asked Questions.


Update #4: Redevelopment Going Well

The building work on the old James Cumming Wing is progressing as planned, and is expected to be completed by late 2022.

Much of the original interior has been demolished to make way for new internal structures to support the new open layout.

The original main access to the James Cumming Wing will be the Library entrance. Access to the first floor will be via a new internal open staircase and a lift. The end closest to the Senior Citizens will be the James Cumming Community Centre.

The site is managed by Signal Management staff and is closed to the public for obvious safety reasons, but some progress can be viewed from Ardwick Street.

There have been some materials delays to work around, but this is a nationwide situation affecting the building industry, and unavoidable.

Update #3: Tender Awarded For Redevelopment

JC Builders 2020 (formerly Jones and Cooper Builders) has been awarded the main contract to build the new library and community centre.

The company is one of seven Gore businesses awarded over $2.1 million in work associated with the project. Subject to gaining building consent, work was expected to start early next month.

The project sees the transformation of the former James Cumming Wing hall and function rooms into a modern library and community space. The total cost is $7.935 million, a 16.3%increase from projected costs formulated almost a year ago.

For the full story go to our News Feed

Update #2: Redevelopment Work Starts

After months of planning, preliminary work is about to begin on the redevelopment of the James Cumming Wing into a new library and community centre.

Scaffolding will start going up in the next couple of weeks as contractors prepare to remove asbestos from the exterior. About 12 trees and other vegetation around the building have to be pruned or removed to make room for the scaffolding.

For the full story go to our News Feed

Update #1: Gore Library On the Move

The Gore Library will be relocating to the Encounter New Life Church, in Jacob Street (off Hokonui Drive) in April to allow work to start on the new library and community spaces at the James Cumming Wing.

It will close on Friday 16 April and reopen in Jacob Street on Thursday 6 May.

For the full story go to our News Feed




Concept Plan

Thanks to everyone who gave us feedback on the concept plan for the new Gore Library and James Cumming Community Centre. We will get back to you with the final plan when it's ready.

Please take the time to look at the plan and read our Overview if you haven't done so already.

Where it all started

We are redeveloping both levels of the James Cumming Wing, including the hall, to make a new home for the Gore Library and new community spaces.

The project involves gutting the interior of the building and creating contemporary, appealing spaces fit for current and future needs. These spaces will not only accommodate our extensive book collection, but also feature community areas for meetings and activities.

The James Cumming Wing and old library have faithfully served our District for almost 50 years. We now have the opportunity to design and build a solution inclusive and easily accessible for everyone.

Get Involved

Last year we asked for your ideas about what you would like to see in the redeveloped library and community hub. This feedback has influenced the draft designs.

Just go to the tab below to see the ideas, comments and photos we received.

We also held community conversation workshops in August. There was opportunity for further community feedback before the design was finalised.

Location

The reason the James Cumming Wing was chosen for the new library, instead of the former site in the heritage precinct, is the amount of space and its central location. The old library was only 760sqm, whereas the total area of the Wing (ground floor and first floor) is 1,700sqm.

The old library would also need a significant amount of money spent on a new roof.

Funding

Our funding partners for this project are:

  • $3 million Government 'Shovel Ready' project funding
  • $958,000 Mataura Valley Milk development contribution

The Council has also set aside $1.1 million in its 10-Year-Plan to re-roof the library. This money may be redirected to this project.

We expect construction work to begin in early 2021 and finish the following year.

For more information, please read our Frequently Asked Questions.


  • Gore businesses among successful tenders for redevelopment

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    Gore builders JC Builders 2020 has successfully won the tender to build Gore’s new library and community centre.

    JC Builders’ (formerly Jones and Cooper Builders) tender was approved this week by the Gore District Council. The company is one of seven Gore businesses awarded over $2.1 million in work associated with the project. Subject to gaining building consent, work was expected to start early next month.

    The project sees the transformation of the former James Cumming Wing hall and function rooms into a modern library and community space. The total cost is $7.935 million, a 16.3%increase from projected costs formulated almost a year ago.

    Chief Executive Stephen Parry said market escalation was the main reason for the increase.

    “The construction market is at capacity with abundant work, labour shortages, and multiple material price rises giving manufacturing and logistic headaches.

    “All signs point to this buoyant market continuing in the foreseeable future, given the combination of housing shortages and large public projects, such as Invercargill’s CBD redevelopment.”

    Some of the cost increase was attributable to design changes following last year’s community consultation and feedback from the Council, Mr Parry said.

    “We’ve increased the size of the community foyer and storage area and the number of community toilets, among other things.”

    Mr Parry said the project was still affordable. The Council would stay within its self-imposed 5% rate increase over the next decade by moving the upgrade of the old library building to Year 5 and Year 6 of the 10-Year-Plan.

    Gore District Mayor Tracy Hicks the cost increase was disappointing but a reflection of the current building market.

    “We are in a situation where we need to make progress. Delaying this project in the hope we get more competitive tenders is a forlorn hope.”

    Mr Hicks said there had been little room to make substantial changes to the design without impacting functionality and ignoring public feedback.

    “I know $7.9 million is a lot of money. That said, the cost of this project is a lot less than other library/community centre projects around the country.

    “It is the Council’s job to be fiscally responsible. In this instance, we can deliver an enduring community asset within our long term financial planning.”

    Of the tenders approved seven were Gore District-based, 15 Southland-based and eight from outside the province.

    Signal Management Group would manage the project. It has a long association with the Council, having successfully delivered projects such as the new Council administration building and Gore Aquatic Centre.

    The Council has the following external funding for this project:

    • $3 million Government 'Shovel Ready' project funding
    • $958,000 Mataura Valley Milk development contribution
  • Removal of trees marks the start of redevelopment

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    After months of planning, preliminary work is about to begin on the redevelopment of the James Cumming Wing into a new library and community centre.

    Scaffolding will start going up in the next couple of weeks as contractors prepare to remove asbestos from the exterior. About 12 trees and other vegetation around the building have to be pruned or removed to make room for the scaffolding.

    Gore District Chief Executive Stephen Parry said removing the asbestos was scheduled to start the second week in May. The work will take two to three months.

    An assessment found asbestos in the external cladding around the building's two storey section and the hall. There was also a small amount inside the building.

    “There’s no exposed asbestos, therefore it wouldn’t have been a risk to users of the building.”

    Acting parks and reserves manager Chris Rutherford said the most significant tree outside the building, a Ribbonwood near the Ardwick Street entrance, would be retained.

    However, several semi-mature Olive trees, a Tree of Heaven and a selection of natives, including an established Totara, need to be removed.

    “Unfortunately, the Totara is less than one metre from the building. Given its proximity, the tree would have had to be removed in time anyway.”

    Mr Rutherford said removing the trees and vegetation would provide an ideal chance to landscape the area, where practical, with new trees and shrubs to complement the final design of the redevelopment.

    Some of the new turf at the front of the JC Wing, in Bowler Avenue, is also being removed. This is to ensure we can retain the soil and garden materials free of demolition contamination, so it can be recycled and reused later.

    Work was continuing on the detailed design. The project team hopes to have this finalised by the end of June. Internal demolition was scheduled for early July.


  • Gore Library Moving to Temporary Site

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    The Gore Library will be relocating to the Encounter New Life Church, in Jacob Street (off Hokonui Drive) this month to allow work to start on the new library and community spaces at the James Cumming Wing.

    The library is open as usual until Friday 16 April, when it will close for three weeks to allow staff to move to the new location.

    The Library will reopen at 11 Jacob Street on Thursday 6 May. Jacob Street is located off Hokonui Drive. The temporary library site is near the end of the short street, on the left. Parking is on Jacob Street.

    The Church will remain open for services and other activities, using spaces separate to the library. The library will be open normal hours, but will be closed on Sundays.

    Space will be a bit tight, but our staff has done a great job of mapping out the church hall to make sure all the books will be there. Internet computers, the Ancestry computer, printer, copier and scanner will be available, as will WiFi.

    If your books are due during the closed period (17 April to 6 May) they will be automatically extended until Monday 10 May.

    The after-hours returns bin will be moved at the same time as we shift everything else. Please hold onto your books until the library reopens, or you can return them to the Mataura Library.

    The Mataura Library will be open as usual 10.00am-5.00pm Monday – Friday. You are welcome to use this library anytime.

    The new library and community space redevelopment is expected to take about 18 months to complete.

  • Theatre chosen to present redevelopment concept plan

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    The Gore District Council will present a concept plan of the Gore Library and community space redevelopment at the St James Theatre next month.

    The presentation will be held on Tuesday 1 December, starting at 5.30pm.

    Chief executive Stephen Parry said there were a couple of reasons the Council chose the somewhat unique option of the theatre to give the public its first look at the draft plan.

    “Given this is a significant project for the Council and the community, we believe it deserves a significant venue.

    “The exceptional design produced by McCulloch Architects also deserves the visual impact of the big screen.”

    Earlier this month the Council approved the concept design developed by the Invercargill architects from the many ideas put forward by the public during the initial community engagement.

    There will be an opportunity for further community feedback after the concept has been presented.

    “While we have managed to capture a lot of what people told us they wanted in a new library/community space, there may be some aspects of the interior layout that needs fine-tuning,” Mr Parry said.

    Without giving too much away, Mr Parry said the concept design was a complete transformation of the James Cumming Wing.

    “What we will be presenting is a modern building with a light, spacious feel and appealing façade that will serve the community for decades to come.”

    The proposal also gives ratepayers the best value for money, he said.

    “We have looked at various scenarios, including returning to the site of the old library. Financially, nothing comes close to the James Cumming Wing as this is the only location that comes with $3million from the Government.”

Page last updated: 23 Feb 2022, 04:07 PM