Site and construction – Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre

How was the site chosen?
The choice of a site at 341 Halswell Road, surrounding the Halswell Aquatic Centre, was guided by the consultation findings from the South West Area Plan.
Was it hard to acquire the land?
It took time to negotiate the purchase of a piece of land that was essential to the project, but agreement was reached without the Council needing to use the Public Lands Act.
What is the actual size of the facility?
The building is almost 3000 m2. This includes 1800 m2 for the library and 1000 m2 for the community facilities.
Will the choice of this site affect parking at the domain on Saturdays?
As part of the project we are providing 157 car parks on site. We have chosen a central location that is well serviced by public transport and will also encourage residents to consider walking or cycling as transport options if possible.
What is happening to the trees on the site?
Some trees adjacent to the pool are being removed to make space for the facility and its car park. The Council will be planting 122 trees around the new building to replace them, together with substantial low planting in the landscaped areas.

Construction

When will construction get underway?
A sod-turning to mark the start of construction was held on Friday 11 July 2014.
When is it opening?
It’s expected that the facility will take about 16 months to construct and fit-out, giving the facility a scheduled November 2015 opening.
How much will it cost to build?
The total estimated cost is $22.9 million. This includes the land purchase, construction and other fees.
Will the current pool stay open while construction is underway?
The main pool and hydroslides will stay open during the summer with temporary changing rooms, toilets, barbeque and staff facilities.
What will happen to the old library building?
There are no firm plans at present although future use of the old library building at 381 Halswell Road will be considered by Council in due course.

Construction images from our Flickr set

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