In 2012 we began investigating the upgrade or replacement of the civic facilities for the Matamata community and incorporating the Matamata Library, Office and Memorial Centre.
The old Memorial Hall was not up to earthquake standards and only met 18% of current building code requirements. As Government had set a minimum requirement of 33%, the buildings either had to be strengthened or removed. The hall also needed a new roof, complete rewire and had other components which needed upgrading or replacing.
We investigated options for repairing existing buildings, renovating the existing buildings to form one complex, or removing the existing buildings and building a completely new complex. We consulted extensively on these options before including funding for the project in the Long Term Plan.
We are rapidly approaching practical completion for the new civic centre and library. The interior fit out has begun with painting, suspended ceilings and floor tiling underway. Windows and joinery will be finished this week, and our attention is turning to landscaping, with ground preparation and concreting planned for January. The rear carpark has been asphalted.
The war memorial is also in the spotlight (literally, with lighting being installed around the Cenotaph) and the name plaques are being refurbished before the reopening.
Council's little helper Dash visited the site last week - check out his photos below.
Earlier this year Council decided to review the removal of the fountain in front of the Memorial Centre, following feedback from the community. The fountain was bequeathed to the community by Peter (Pete) George Petersen, who served during World War II.
Council had an independent report completed on the fountain, which revealed that it would require significant funding to repair, as well as additional funding each year to maintain.
Following this report further discussions were held with the Petersen family. With the family’s agreement, Council has removed the fountain.
“We respect that this is a sensitive matter for relatives of Mr Peter Petersen, who bequeathed the water feature to the people of Matamata,” said Mayor Jan Barnes.
“We are very grateful that the family were willing to work with us, and give us the opportunity to replace the fountain with a plaque and room named after Pete Petersen in the new Civic Centre.”
Project costs and timeline
Overall design costs, interior fittings and the hire of our temporary office and library facilities will take the budget for this project to $6.9 million. This will be funded through depreciation and a loan - the same way Council funds all its capital projects.
Building work is expected to be completed in early 2018, followed by the interior fit out and relocating of office staff. We expect the new facilities to open to the community in March 2018.
Floor plans and drawings
We completed a series of community workshops in late 2014 seeking input from user groups and the wider community about what was “essential” vs “nice to have” in the new Matamata-Piako Civic and Memorial Centre. The project working party then worked with Chow:Hill Architects during 2015 to develop a concept plan that incorporated as many as possible of the things the community told us were essential. Those concept plans were then costed-out and developed into the final detailed design.
Chow:Hill Architects have also provided a number of 'artists impressions' of what the final building may look like:
What facilities are currently available?
Customer Services, Building Control and the Library are currently in portacabins across the road at 12 Tainui Street.
Keep up to date
You can also keep an eye out on the Scene newspaper for a regular construction update from Stanley Construction.