The 2021-31 Long-term Plan (LTP) included decisions made by the Commissioners about the future of our civic buildings in the city centre.
These decisions give us a great opportunity to help revitalise the city centre, including celebrating the historical and cultural significance of our civic precinct, and contributing to a city centre that everyone in the community can be proud of.
Now that the LTP has been adopted, we have moved into the exciting phase of bringing several interrelated projects to life. This will involve a temporary move for our central library and customer service centre, a refresh of the masterplan for our civic precinct, the demolition of our current buildings and the first phase of the civic precinct redevelopment including a new library and community hub.
There is a lot to consider and work through, and we will keep the community updated on key milestones and progress as it happens.
Redeveloping our civic precinct
Plans to redevelop the civic precinct have been a long time coming after the buildings were deemed no longer fit for purpose in 2014. The potential for this site to contribute to a thriving and vibrant city centre was reinforced through the recent Long-term Plan process. It’s now time to turn this vision into a reality.
As part of this, we have kicked off a refresh of the previously developed masterplan. This will guide the overall development of the new civic precinct that links it to the harbour and the wider city over the next decade. We are also working closely with our iwi and hapū partners to ensure the mana and history of the land is respected and acknowledged throughout the process.
The first phase and major development planned for the civic precinct is a facility that will, as a minimum, house a library and community hub. We estimate construction will commence late next year and expect the facility to be open to the public in July 2025.
As part of our preparation, a staged withdrawal of all council staff and services from our current premises is underway and once complete, demolition will begin. We expect this to start in April 2022.
These are all significant steps towards transforming Tauranga’s city centre into the civic, commercial, and cultural capital of the Bay of Plenty.
Temporary central library and customer service facility
While our civic precinct is redeveloped, our central library and customer service centre will move temporarily to the Goddards Centre – located between Devonport Road and Grey Street.
Plans to repurpose the space within the Goddards Centre are already well underway. The fit out is due to start in October 2021 and we expect the joint facilities to be open to the community in the first part of next year.
We will update the community as plans progress so people are well informed about how and when they will be able to access these facilities in the new location.
Please note, there will be no changes to our existing library services in Greerton, Pāpāmoa and Mount Maunganui during this time.
Other impacted services
Our withdrawal from our current premises will impact other council services based there from the start of 2022.
We are collaborating with Bay of Plenty Regional Council and from January, our Ordinary Council meetings will be held at their Council Chambers, based on Elizabeth Street, Tauranga. These will continue to be livestreamed and accessible on the our website
Other regular committee meetings will take place at our offices at 306 Cameron Road.
We are also working with Regional Council to explore the future location of the bus interchange on Willow Street, and operations at the current ‘Our Place’ site will finish by the middle of February 2022.
Further details will be shared with the community as they are confirmed.