Nelson's Suter Art Gallery wins commercial project award

The Suter Art Gallery Redevelopment has been awarded a Civic Project Award at the national Commercial Project awards.
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The Suter Art Gallery Redevelopment has been awarded a Civic Project Award at the national Commercial Project awards.

Nelson's Suter Art Gallery has been awarded a prestigious award for its design and construction.

The gallery underwent a two year $12m refurbishment, led by Scott Construction, and reopened to the public in October last year.

On Friday night the team that brought about its reconstruction was awarded the Civic Project Award at the New Zealand Commercial Project Awards.

It was also awarded Gold in the Value Awards category, for a project valued between $5m and $15m.

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The judging panel said the team had faced a number of challenges, including the seismic upgrade of sensitive heritage buildings, new building adjoining existing buildings, a fixed budget, numerous stakeholders, and a tight construction site incorporating protected trees.

The panel said the team had met these challenges with innovation and produced a building which was "superbly finished inside and out, befitting this a wonderful asset to the City of Nelson".

The civic category is focussed on celebrating buildings that offer services to the public. 

The Suter returned to a warm welcome late last year, and was officially opened by Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy.

Around 200 people attended the opening, with local iwi welcoming Reddy, and the Bishop of Nelson concluding the proceedings with a blessing of the building.

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Following the opening, Suter Gallery director Julia Catchpole said it had been a great success and people were pleased with the new gallery.

"Lots of Nelsonians feeling really proud of this facility and the most frequent remarks were that this feels like a gallery that could be in any big city anywhere around the world," Catchpole said.

"I think that's quite remarkable."

The Suter Gallery was designed by architects Jerram Tocker & Barron, and the galleries designed by Warren & Mahoney Architects.

Scott Construction project managed the build work and used subcontractors to installed a new lighting system with hearing loops as well as fitting the gallery with wi-fi.

The gallery also features seven columns, each with a sandblasted heke panel to represent local iwi. 

 

 

 - Stuff

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