West­gate fa­cil­ity two years away


A new mul­ti­pur­pose fa­cil­ity in west Auck­land will not open un­til 2019.

Con­struc­tion of the li­brary and com­mu­nity cen­tre in West­gate be­gan in March this year with a com­ple­tion date of late 2018.

But it is ‘‘ex­pected’’ to open to the pub­lic in early 2019, Auck­land Coun­cil com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties man­ager Rod Sheri­dan said. This was to en­able time to fit out the build­ing, in­clud­ing in­stalling equip­ment and en­sur­ing ev­ery­thing is set up for staff.

The en­tire build­ing, lo­cated on Ko­huhu Lane, would have a floor area of about 3600 square me­tres and cost $26.9 mil­lion.

Ci­ti­zen Ad­vice Bureau of­fices and ex­ter­nal pub­lic toi­lets would also be built.

Sheri­dan said con­struc­tion was un­der­way with struc­tural el­e­ments cur­rently be­ing put in place.

The en­tire fa­cil­ity would be an in­te­grated com­mu­nity hub that would en­able peo­ple to come to­gether to cre­ate, ex­plore, con­nect and par­tic­i­pate, he said.

‘‘It is de­signed as a meet­ing point where the com­mu­nity can ac­cess a range of re­sources and ac­tiv­i­ties, and ac­tively par­tic­i­pate in com­mu­nity life.’’

Ex­hi­bi­tions and com­mu­nity events will be held at the fa­cil­ity.

Waitakere coun­cil­lor Linda Cooper has said West­gate was a key area in Auck­land for de­vel­op­ment.


Im­pres­sion of the li­brary and com­mu­nity cen­tre planned for West­gate.

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