The Christchurch based location for the National Library Schools Collection was red stickered following the February 22nd earthquake. Thankfully the journey to finding the collection a secure new home unfolded like a text book.
Each year the National Library Schools collection loans 1.5 million resources, for use in classrooms, school libraries and home education. The Christchurch collection served more than 740 schools in the South Island so getting the collection up and running again was vital.
The Building Intelligence Group was quickly engaged as project managers and helped source a property. The race for space post earthquake in Christchurch was hectic. With warehousing space secured at Cavendish Business Park, progress was rapid.
Turning the empty warehouses into workable spaces for both librarians, teachers and the collection of 100,000 plus resources required careful space planning. The Building Intelligence Group project managed the entire fit out, transforming the warehouses into meeting rooms, library space and office areas
Proactively leading the whole process for the business on the ground was John Kenny, Service Delivery Leader for the National Library. “Achieving it all in such a short frame of time was remarkable.” “The feedback so far from teachers who have come in and browsed the new collection is hugely positive.”