We received feedback from 125 people on the concept design, which included looking at two design options – Option A to stay within the original site and Option B to expand onto Johnsonville Kindergarten site.
Option B (which is close to what we have used for the developed design stage) was by far the most well-supported option with 75% of the people indicating that it was their preferred option.
The feedback showed this design as a more forward-thinking design and use of the space was more cohesive with the existing landscape. It created more of a Hub. People:
46% who liked Option B indicated they would drive their car to the library, but many indicated they would use a wider range of transport options. This was also a younger demographic.
Interestingly, those who liked either option voiced their concern over an outdoor space for the kindergarten - this has been achieved in the latest designs.
The team at Athfield Architects have listened to your ideas about the preconcept designs, and been busy designing a community hub that reflects this distinctly Johnsonville vision.
We have heard your support for the connection of different community spaces, along with your enthusiasm for a larger, modernised building.
We understand your desire to retain a traditional focus on books and reading, and are also excited about the opportunities that new technology can bring.
We have clearly heard your concerns regarding parking and accessibility, and understand the need to ensure the new library caters for all local residents.
Overall, we have heard that this new facility must provide a space for individuals and whānau to gather and interact. It should be a meeting place for the community, and provide a new heart for the Johnsonville area.
We hope that our proposed designs pick-up on your aspirations for the building. We have developed two possible options: