Construction on the new Woolston Community Hub is well underway with the roof now completed on the new permanent home for Woolston’s volunteer library and meeting space.
A team from Ignite, including Project Team Leader Szymon Gozdzikowski attended the roof shout on April 13, along with representatives from Christchurch City Council.
“It’s really exciting to drive past this project every day and see how quickly it transforms from an idea into a new asset in the Woolston streetscape,” says Szymon.
With a roof now in place work can begin on the interior of the multi-purpose space, with a hall that opens up on to the courtyard to provide a flexible area for market days and other outdoor events. The centre will be open for two hours each day, staffed by community volunteers and will also include a public toilet, children’s area, street art mural and mature trees.
The new community hub will celebrate the history of the site, with elements from the old quake-damaged library being incorporated into the new building. This includes the original foundation stone commemorating the coronation of King George V and elements like historic brass. The interior of the library will also feature a Woolston-inspired wall art done by a local artist.
“What was an historic landmark of the Woolston area has been given a new lease of life and we are excited that it will again be a significant part of the fabric for the local community,” Szymon says.
The redeveloped Woolston Community Hub is due to open in mid-2018, returning a library and community space to the suburb for the first time in more than seven years.