Singleton Council appoints APP to get their New Library ‘back on track’
In 2002, Singleton began planning a new library to meet the needs of its expanding population. Construction began in 2003, but just a few months into the project, problems emerged and the project stalled.
With only eight months remaining before handover and a rapidly dwindling budget, APP was engaged by Council in January 2004 to manage the building’s completion.
“APP came on board part way through the project,” says Garry Woodman, Director of Operations for Singleton Council. “The program was behind, plus there were significant technical issues, particularly with documentation.”
The APP team undertook a detailed documentation review, rewrote the program, restructured the delivery and administration process, and then renegotiated all consultant packages. From a concrete slab in December 2003, the result became a state of the art 1,584m2 facility delivered within the $4.2m budget by August 2004.
The building effectively utilises green building principles such as mixed-use mechanical services, high and low level lighting and a building management system.
The library includes 28 computer workstations each with public access to the internet, and specialised technology for the vision-impaired and those with poor literacy skills. There are also training rooms equipped with amplifier loops for the hearing impaired, specialised local study areas, exhibition and display areas, and kids’ play and reading areas.
“APP came on board part way through the project when it was obvious the program was behind and there were significant technical issues to resolve with documentation. APP were able to quickly provide the resources and expertise to address the issues and move the project on to a satisfactory conclusion.”
Director – Operations
- Client: Singleton Council
- Value: $4.2m
- Services: Project Management
- Sectors: Civic Buildings
- Location: Singleton, NSW