The library and service center at Hornby are now over budget, but the council does not say how much.
The Hornby complex, library and service center will not be downsized despite the $39.9 million project facing a jump in costs.
Christchurch City Council will not say how much it will cost to complete Matatiki: Hornby Center now, citing commercial sensitivity.
A detailed report on “challenges with project budget and timeframes” was discussed by board members during the excluded portion of the board meeting on Wednesday.
In a statement sent after the meeting, the board said the facility will continue to deliver to scale despite challenges arising from Covid-19 and supply chain issues.
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The cost of building the facility was previously increased from the original budget of $34 million.
Council member Sam McDonald said council members asked Chief Executive Don Baxendale to release the information once it was no longer commercially sensitive.
It is positive that the way forward for the new facility has been confirmed, Mayor Phil Mauger said in the statement.
“Like many large infrastructure projects around the world, Matatica’s construction has been affected by things like supply chain delays, price escalations, and staff shortages due to illness.
“Despite these challenges, we are able to deliver the project to scale, which is good news.”
The 4,000 square meter facility in Kyle Park will include a library, creative activity room, arcade pool, hydrotherapy pool, learn-to-swim pool, wet play area for toddlers, spa pool, customer services area and a café.
The hydrotherapy pool was a last minute addition after pressure from the community.
The council earlier agreed to pay $2.5 million, with the Hornby Rotary Club and Greater Hornby Residents Association raising the remaining $1.4 million.
The community will also have to wait a little longer for the facility to open. Work began in November last year and was scheduled to be completed early next year, but the completion date has been pushed back to December 2023.
The center will not open to the public until early 2024, once the site is equipped with furnishings, IT equipment, and other fixtures.
Foundations, slabs and foundations, and precast concrete and steel gates have been erected over the library space. Work is also underway on the factory room grounds, changing facilities, and lobby areas.
New councilor Mark Peters, who has been campaigning for a swimming pool to be built in Hornby for years, said he was delighted to see the project move forward on a large scale.
The facility is one of many that have faced cost increases recently. The cost of building the new Court Theater in Christchurch has risen by 55%, or $20m, to $56m – with the city council pouring another $16m into the project.
The cost to build Christchurch’s new stadium, Te Kaha, jumped $150 million earlier this year from $533 million to $683 million.