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The Tasman District Council in New Zealand has selected a concept design for a new library at Motueka from three proposals received through a tender process.

For the new $5m library, the council appointed Coman Construction and Jerram Tocker Barron Architects to carry out the design and construction.

Construction on the new building is expected to begin later next year.

The Coman-Jerram Tocker Barron concept for the proposed library involves a sensitive urban design that creates a key community centrepiece for Motueka.

Tasman District Council operations committee chairman Stuart Bryant said that the proposal was selected for its sustainability features and accessible design principles.

Bryant said: “Libraries are a vital community space for learning, interaction and connection and they are for people of all ages and stages of life. That’s why it’s important that Motueka’s new facility is a high-quality, functional space for people to use, enjoy and connect with.”

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The design for the new single-storey 1,100m² library in Decks Reserve aims to use timber and other environmentally friendly materials.

The council selected the Decks Reserve site after consulting with stakeholders and the community.

Additional parking for the building will be created on Wallace Street.

The new library will make use of passive heating and cooling. Universal design principles will ensure that it can be accessed by all residents using features such as step-free access, gentle ramps, wide corridors, and colour to differentiate spaces.

Coman and Jerram will develop a feature entrance wall in consultation with iwi and the community. The building will serve as a social space for meetings, activities, performance and art, as well as feature soft, natural light, blues and greens and good ventilation.

The design-build team is expected to start work to support the building design in the New Year.