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Woolston Community Facility
Client: Christchurch City Council
Construction value: $1.5 million
Contract type: Tendered contract
Completion: July 2018
For a small building footprint, this build contained a large number of construction components. Given the less-than-ideal ground conditions, (sitting on a deep gravel raft), the foundation needed to be heavily engineered.
The main part of the facility was constructed using a combination of both pre-cast concrete panels and structural steel frames.
The cladding is predominantly brick, which was laid using a variety of brick configurations. This created a visually-stunning architectural feature, especially on the western elevation where the bricks creep out from the wall in a staggered pattern.
Internally, the pre-cast concrete panels have been honed and sealed to highlight the structural and architectural feature in the main hall, and also in the service areas.
The aluminum bi-fold doors open off the library area and the main meeting hall, out into the courtyard.
This provides a wonderful open space during the warmer months, with library users encouraged to spend time outside relaxing and reading.
The courtyard is lit with large ball lights, creating a bright, inviting space in which to host a wide variety of functions and events.
This project had a large amount of community input and the Citycare Property team is proud to have been able to contribute so significantly to the regeneration of the Woolston area.