A Tauranga architect has been chosen to design the new Katikati library and community hub.

First Principles Architects Limited believed the project will be a catalyst for future commercial development in Katikati.

The Tauranga-based firm was appointed by Western Bay of Plenty District Council for the building design which would incorporate the library, council service centre and multi-use community space.

It will promote Katikati as a destination with a colourful heritage as well as being a meeting place for the local community.


First Principles Architects director Graham Price said the design would reflect the spirit of Katikati and this would be achieved by researching local heritage and listening to the views of the community and council.


"It will promote Katikati as a destination with a colourful heritage as well as being a meeting place for the local community," Mr Price said.

Recognising the closeness of the Uretara Stream and the cultural significance of the town's mural identity would also be integral to the design, he said.

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"This collaborative process will enable us to capture the essence and needs of the community. This sets the cornerstone for a creating a flexible, sustainable and enduring building using appropriate materials with colour and texture."

Western Bay Councillor Peter Mackay said Katikati has waited a long time in the queue for this community development while significant projects in other parts of the district have taken precedence.

"This facility comes at a crucial time when Katikati's population is growing rapidly and the present facilities are totally inadequate for local demand.

"Community support for this project is strong and it has been this council's willingness to listen to the community that we have achieved a start on this much-needed community centre," Cr Mackay said.

"It's not just the library and council services centre that is needed - but we have many not-for-profit groups in our community that are sorely stressed for this kind of space for their organisations to do their work."

Selection of First Principles Architects for the project design was based on the philosophy presented by Graham Price and his team and their visionary approach to the project.

"They have great local knowledge, a holistic approach and a commitment to keep the community up with the play as the design process progresses," said council customer relations manager Barbara Whitton.

"They know that close collaboration with the Katikati community is essential to a successful outcome."

The 800sqm building on the former Dunning Block at 21 Main Street, will be an anchor for the new Katikati town centre development and will be designed for a staged build.

The first stage will be the library and service centre, followed by a 400sqm multi-purpose community space once funding becomes available.