Upgrade of facilities well under way

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    Invercargill Public Library customer experience manager Cynthia Smith in the newly renovated and more spacious adult fiction area.

    PROJECTS to upgrade two of Invercargill’s community facilities are well advanced.

    Most of the work associated with the first two stages of the $1.4 million four-stage project to refurbish the Invercargill Public Library had been completed, library and archives manger Marianne Foster said.

    “We have been really appreciative of the public’s understanding, because we have had to move programmes around quite a bit,” she said.

    Stage one of the project involved recarpeting and painting the Information Services area on the first floor and installing new study desks and a new help desk.

    Stage two involved recarpeting and installing LED lighting in the adults’ services on the ground floor, removing walls to extend the space and creating a larger dedicated teen area for young adults to read, study and socialise.

    The children’s area is presently being refurbished, with the fourth and final stage being renovations to the meeting room, foyer and staff work areas.

    This is the first major refurbishment of the library since it opened in 1989.

    Ms Foster said the project was ahead of schedule and expected to be completed before Christmas.

    Library customer experience manager Cynthia Smith said feedback from the public so far had been “fantastic” and library users were finding it easier to find what they wanted in the more spacious layout.

    Splash Palace aquatic services manager Peter Thompson (right) and facility maintenance supervisor Stephen Cook outside the new changing rooms and reception area under construction this week.

    The $1.491m upgrade of Splash Palace Aquatic Centre is the other Invercargill City Council project well under way.

    The upgrade includes building two additional changing rooms and two disabled changing rooms with toilet facilities, upgrading the foyer/reception and cafe area and installing a new access ramp for wheelchairs, prams and mobility scooters.

    “We recognise there have been some challenges [for the public during the renovations], but by and large people have been understanding… people have been very positive,” Splash Palace aquatic services manager Peter Thompson said.

    The first stage of the two-stage project, involving building additional changing rooms and renovating the foyer/reception and cafe area, was expected to be completed by November.

    Mr Thompson said the project was slightly ahead of schedule, which he attributed to “good weather, good project planning and the right people doing the job”.

    The second stage, involving building two additional disabled changing rooms and remodelling the pool operations area, was expected to be completed by February next year, he said.

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