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.
The new Matamata-Piako Civic and Memorial Centre is making great progress. All the foundations and external framing are in place, the roof is on, and the structural steel is 98% complete.
The hall, foyer and toilets are well underway, with all internal services, metal cladding and interior linings either complete or nearing completion. The hall has been plastered and painting is underway.
The installation of windows/joinery for the building has begun, and the Hineura Stone cladding will get underway this week.
We live-streamed a walk-through of the building site on Friday 27 October – if you missed the livestream, you can still get a sneak peek behind the scenes by watching the video on our Facebook page..
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 confirmed the removal of 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.”
“We are now looking forward to completing this project and providing a library, meeting space and office facility that meets the changing needs of our community, as well as honouring the memories of all those who served our district and country.”
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.