The City Transformation Committee today recommended investment in a museum on Cliff Road with a total cost of $55.65m with $20.65m Council contribution.
A new central library for Willow Street has also been proposed at a total cost of $30m with $25m Council contribution. These two new facilities are recommended to Council to be included in the draft Long Term Plan 2018-2028.
The Heart of the City team has been working on a Detailed Business Case for a museum and central library, following last year's Long Term Plan Amendment.
In October, Council adopted the options and weighting criteria for cultural facility investment in the city centre. The confirmed options were:
Option 1: Remediate existing library
Option 2: stand-alone library on Willow Street
Option 3: integrated new library and museum on Willow Street
Option 4: Stand-alone museum on Cliff Road
Option 5: Stand-alone museum on Willow Street
The confirmed options were built upon robust community engagement and stakeholder consultation, showing a high expectation for quality, experience and an iconic building.
Each of the options were then assessed against the following criteria:
• Strategic fit
• Tangata whenua preference for a museum
• Potential affordability
• Potential value for money
• Potential achievability
Today's committee recommendation is a significant milestone following eight months' worth of research, investigation, community and stakeholder engagement and elected member workshops.
Chair of City Transformation Committee, Larry Baldock said in making their recommendation, elected members had to balance the community's expectations and aspirations with affordability.
Tangata Whenua support of a museum was also a significant factor in achieving the outcomes and meeting expectations he said. The committee also discussed the affordability of these facilities and has recommended reducing the Council contribution on both the museum and the central library from what was identified in the Economic and Financial case in the Detailed Business Case.
“The challenge now for Council is to assess this budget reduction and review how both cultural facilities can be achieved maintaining the desired outcomes for the community,” said Cr. Baldock.
“It is important that these cultural facilities happen for our community, we have waited long enough. But we must achieve these with affordability in mind and balance with the wider vision for our growing city,” he said.