Work is well underway on the Woodville i-SITE / Library / Service Centre and Public Toilets.
Project Manager, Violet Christison, says work on the new building - which began at the beginning of the year - has progressed smoothly, thanks to the work of building contractors, Greatbatch Building Ltd, and all of those involved in the project.
PHOTO (above): view of the library from front to back.
"Everything is going well and on track. There has been great communication between myself and the contractors, which has been excellent and certainly helped to ensure things have gone smoothly."
Mrs Christison says the new building, being built on the opposite side of the road to the current i-SITE, will be brighter, larger, and more upmarket than the current building.
Project Sponsor and Manager of Strategy & District Development for Tararua District Council, Peter Wimsett, says Council purchased the property next door to the new premises so they could build a toilet block and car park. This will also extend the amount of parking available in Woodville.
"In addition, we are planning to have an electric vehicle (EV) charging station set up so it is "EV ready" in terms of power conduits. This will probably not happen by the time the i-SITE opens but is likely to be during this calendar year."
Mr Wimsett says a meeting room has been built at the rear of the building.
"This is designed so the Business Network has an area where they can operate from and where meetings can be held."
Mayor Tracey Collis says she is excited to see how the work is progressing and believes the new building will fulfil the community’s expectations.
"We worked closely with the community and created a building that was fit for purpose and met every need.
"Woodville is the gateway to the Tararua District and I think we are going to have a very prominent building that will have a high engagement rate for users of the library and attract visitors into the i-SITE.
PHOTO (above): the front of the current building.
"With the growing usage around Te Apiti, the walkway and Ferry Reserve and the weekend traffic, I think it will be exciting to see the i-SITE open seven days.
"Having a facility that has buses stopping outside, plenty of parking and toilets on site, will make for quite a hub for the community."
With work still to be completed an opening date has yet to be confirmed. More updates on the progress of this exciting project will be provided via the Bush Telegraph, Council’s website and Council’s Facebook page – watch this space!