NEWS | Queensland

Noosaville Library Tour

6th June, 2018

Our project manager, Tristan Turnbull and business development coordinator, Ayla Prater joined our site manager, Steve Pullen to ensure Stirling Hinchliffe, the Local Government Minister and Tony Wellington, the Noosa Major received a warm welcome upon their visit to the Noosaville Library where arete are currently onsite undertaking the refurbishment works. It was a great meeting to exchange thoughts, future ambitions and to put faces to names!

 

Current Extension and Refurbishment Works

arete Queensland are currently onsite at Noosaville Library undertaking a much-needed $1.7 million face lift. The expansion and refurbishment project aims to extend the life of this iconic building by retaining key structural elements and improving layout and fitout to better meet contemporary needs. The project is being jointly funded by Noosa Council and the Queensland State Government through an $805,000 infrastructure grant.  

The refurbishment will include:

– The addition of 80m2 library building

– A complete internal refurbishment

– Programming, training and meeting rooms

– A technology Maker Space

– A children’s early literacy space

– An outdoor Wi-Fi and reading courtyard

– Heritage Library room

– New energy efficient lighting and air-conditioning

– New Radio Frequency Identification technology to improve book lending and returning

 

History of the Library

Designed by Maurice Hurst and built in 1993, Noosaville Library has a unique architectural design which is much loved by the community. The 1070m2 building offers collections, computers, reading and study areas, wi-fi and a wide range of social and learning programs, as well as the administration area for library services.

 

Current Challenges

Built prior to the internet, Noosaville Library was built to primarily house physical collections, not provide space for people or technology. Challenges in enabling this significant piece of infrastructure to serve the community into the future are:

– An increasing demand for social space for reading, studying, functions and connecting with other people

– Conflicts between different types of users and their needs eg quiet study versus children’s activities

– A need to provide  a variety of spaces and facilities for a diverse range of programs and services

– Old infrastructure and utilities such as air-conditioning and lighting

 

arete are loving working with the Noosa Library representatives, the Noosa Shire Council, COMPLETE Urban and all services consultants to deliver this exciting project!

 

Above library specific information was provided by the Noosaville Library