Sadly, the Woolston Community Library, that was built back in 1871, was severely damaged and therefore demolished after the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. After a couple of rounds of public consultation, seeking ideas for what should be included in a new building, how the building would be used and preferences for materials used, Ignite Architects were commissioned by the Christchurch City Council to design the new Community Hub.
Taking inspiration from the original Library on site and the industrial history of the area, Canterbury Clay Bricks “Fendalton Smooth Red” was a perfect fit for the simple palette of red brick, exposed black steel and timber. The use of cream mortar rather than the standard grey and some elaborate and very clever laying techniques, by Simon Thelning and his team, have contributed to a building that melds the historical with the modern. Solid 110 series were made specially, laid in a varied exposed header bond creating a curved pattern on the front fascade. Whilst Vertical and Flemish bonds were also utilised creating panels of texture and visual change.
The new Community Hub now includes a volunteer run library, public toilets, a small meeting room, a hall for community groups and an outdoor courtyard, returning community facilities to the heart of Woolston.