Next step for Northcote’s new community hub

Publish Date : 16 May 2024
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The concept design for an impressive new multi-purpose community hub for Northcote, and an upgraded Puāwai Cadness Reserve, has now been approved by Kaipātiki Local Board.

The design

The existing heritage-listed Northcote library building, built in 1982 and designed by architect David Mitchell, will be refurbished, and extended with a new wing, creating extra space for the community and community providers - Hearts and Minds, NorthArt, Citizens Advice Bureau, and Plunket.

Danielle Grant, Deputy Chair of Kaipātiki Local Board, says,

“We’re excited about the concept design. Together, the community hub and upgraded reserve, will create a new focal point for the community, connecting locals with community facilities, the town centre, Te Ara Awataha – Northcote’s new greenway - and nature and play.

“The library and community service providers will be in one space, with community rooms and an expansive covered verandah, integrating with the reserve at the back of the hub and an improved plaza at the front. Together, this will deliver much improved facilities for the Northcote community.

“The new community hub is going to be a modern, flexible space, that’s fit for our community now and the future, and the reserve will be transformed to create a place for families, children, youths, and groups to gather.
“There will be more trees and plants, a relocated basketball court, two new play areas for younger and older children, two garden areas, public toilets, and a large lawn area.”

The bigger picture

Auckland Council’s urban regeneration agency, Eke Panuku, is leading the project, as part of the revitalisation of Northcote to help the neighbourhood to thrive. Another key project is the redevelopment of the town centre – Northcote Central. New shops, offices, apartments, laneways, and a new town square are all part of the plan, expected to start from 2027.

Kate Cumberpatch, Priority Location Director, Eke Panuku, says,

“The new community hub, reserve upgrade, and Northcote Central, which includes new housing, will bring more people to visit, live, and work in Northcote. It’s good for the community and local businesses and will encourage private sector investment too, to create a more flourishing, vibrant neighbourhood.” Find out more here: Eke Panuku - Northcote

Next steps

Following a detailed design process, construction of the new community hub and upgrade of Puāwai Cadness Reserve is expected to take place in mid-late 2025 and take around two years to complete.

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