North Shore Times : February 5th 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 3 NORTH SHORE TIMES, FEBRUARY 5, 2013 NEWS 5046315AF CALL 0800-BLINDS 0800-254637 Need Blinds? Order Now! Refresh Your Home With New Blinds This Summer! Call us for Free Measure & Quote NOW www.homevisionblinds.co.nz Sunscreen, Wooden, Holland, Roller, Vertical, Venetian, 25/50 mm FREE DENTAL CARE For High School Students Enrol Now Latest Technology Dr Andrew Steele BDS (Otago) 8 Victoria Road, Devonport Phone (09) 445 0097 email@example.com Devonport Dental Care 5154629AA T3 lane extension By JESS ETHERIDGE Plans to extend Onewa Rd s east-bound T3 transit lane onto its northern motorway on- ramp are being invest- igated by Auckland Transport. Cars carrying three or more passengers towards the motorway must merge with general traf- fic at the Sylvan Ave and Onewa Rd intersection. But Auckland Trans- port and the New Zea- land Transport Agency are assessing it after a Kaipatiki Local Board request. This option could increase the through flow by about 150 veh- icles per hour, Auckland Transport s report reads. Kaipatiki chairwoman Lindsay Waugh says she has advocated several times for this to happen. The benefits of carpooling are short lived for commuters from Lake Rd if they have to squeeze their way back into the general lane at Sylvan Ave. I am surprised that this initiative would increase the flow of cars by an additional 150 vehicles an hour. But if this estimate is correct it could assist in reducing travel times. It is unknown when Auckland Transport s findings are due. Reserve fight continues By MARNIE HALLAHAN Open space: Moving the Devonport Library would open up Windsor Reserve. Let us know what you think of the Devonport Library project. Head to the North Shore Times Facebook page where you can vote in an opinion poll and write comments. AS THE wheels start to turn on the $7.8 million Devonport library proj- ect, a group of North Shore architects remains unconvinced that Windsor Reserve is the best location for the new building. Tony Koia of Koia Architects is the spokesman for the group that believes the library would be better located in Bartley Square or on Clarence St, opening up the reserve as a public space. They are looking to put an iconic building on this reserve but in reality the actual space is more iconic than any structure they could build, Mr Koia says. The group, which also includes architects Geoff Richards, Bruce MacFarlane, Jeremy Salmond and Wayne Lees, approached the Devon- port Takapuna Local Board last year asking them to re-evaluate alternative sites for the new library. This prompted the council to com- mission a review of the 2010 decision to keep Windsor Reserve as the library site. They engaged architect and urban planner Graeme McIndoe, who reinforced the view that Wind- sor Reserve is the optimal site. However, Mr Koia says the group does not think the review is valid as it lacks local knowledge and is based on the results of a skewed consultation process from 2009. It is convenient to conclude something that has already been decided, he says. But we stood back and thought it was wise to see if maybe it was us who had got it wrong. In the end the points raised in the review only stood to strengthen our position. Mr Koia says it comes down to a lack of proper consultation in the initial phases. The 2009 public consultation regarding the library project had 275 respondents. The resulting report said 84 per cent of respon- dents were satisfied with the positioning of the library on Wind- sor Reserve. However, Mr Koia says that peo- ple were given only two options: To renovate the old library or build new and yes/no questions. If you look at the actual com- ments people made outside these options, Mr Koia says, there were 32 negative comments and 25 posi- tive comments regarding the Wind- sor Reserve location. Mr Koia says they have the sup- port of Devonport Business Associ- ation chairman Eddie De Heer who believes relocating the library could have economic benefits. Mr Koia believes there s still time to go back to the community. ATHFIELD ARCHITECTS WIN LIBRARY PROJECT ARCHITECTS Athfield Architects Ltd is the firm started by well-known architect Ian Athfield. Their high-profile work in Wellington and Christchurch includes having designed the Wellington City Library and the Lancaster Park extension. Bold new look: The new building is planned to be almost twice the size of the current Devonport Library. Renowned modern architecture firm Athfield Architects has been chosen to work with Auckland Council on the new $7.8 million Devonport Library. The tender process came to an end last week with Athfield Architects receiving a unanimous vote from the Devonport Library project team. Their winning concept plans for the proposed two-storey, 950 square metre library, will be discussed at the Devonport Takapuna Local Board meeting tonight. A review of the original concept plan for the library was carried out by architect and urban planner Graeme McIndoe in September last year. Mr McIndoe spoke of the need for the architecture to be more dynamic than that designed in 2008 by architecture firm Arch Office, the architects behind the new Birkenhead Library. This sentiment was echoed by the community, says local board chairman Chris Darby, who expressed their ''angst at the heaviness of the original building''. Since the original proposal the budget for the new library has doubled and this, along with community concern, prompted a new design to be explored. Of the 12 architecture firms who entered an expression of interest, five finalists were given funding and a design brief and asked to come back with a concept plan, Mr Darby says. There will be no formal public consultation regarding the new design but key stakeholders and the public will be asked for feedback at a series of meetings. The feedback will then be taken into account and a final design will be prepared with construction due to begin towards the end of the year with a completion date of 2014. During construction a temporary library will be set up in the Devonport i-site on Victoria Rd, with the i-site possibly being moved to the ferry building.
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