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Last modified: 01 Dec 2020 9:17am

Te Ara Atea under construction

The anchor project for the new Rolleston town centre has passed its latest milestone with the roof going on and work moving indoors.

The roof has been installed on Te Ara Ātea, the new library and anchor building for the Rolleston town centre, as the building prepares to be the first open in the new town centre.

Work has begun on fitting the building’s windows and sliding doors, including the large second floor windows that will provide views across Rolleston and out to the Southern Alps, along with the internal walls.

The 2,200 square metre, two-storey building is due to be finished in late 2021. It will house the new Rolleston Library, along with community spaces, exhibition areas, a workshop room, tamariki area and Waka Huia, a quiet room with a museum-quality display wall on the outside and displays of taonga from Te Taumutu Rūnanga.

Te Ara Ātea will open onto the town square for the new Rolleston town centre. The town centre will feature retail areas, a sensory space, kai gardens and a youth area.

A hearing on the design of the town centre has been completed this week. The project team was pleased to receive a significant number of submissions from interested community members on the design of the town centre. These will be incorporated into the final design which is expected to be completed early March next year.