Gallery review to cost $60k more

Last updated 11:25 25/02/2014
Anderson Park Art Gallery
Anderson Park Art Gallery in Invercargill.

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The Invercargill City Council looks set to throw a further $60,000 into investigating the future of Anderson Park Art Gallery, on top of the $20,000 already spent on the initial report.

Invercargill City Council parks manager Robin Pagan said more than $80,000 would have been spent on the historic house once the two reports were completed.

The art gallery was shut last month after it was labelled an earthquake-prone building. It met only 12 per cent of the building code.

While the initial report showed the hazards the building presented, Mr Pagan said a second, more investigative report was needed to highlight the issues the building had.

"The first report was look and see, come up with a report without very much information."

The second report would come up with detailed designs on how to remedy the problems and bring the building up to 67 per cent of the building code, he said.

It would also give an "indicative cost" to restore the building, Mr Pagan said.

"It will be $80,000 to $90,000 for investigation and design, so it's getting quite expensive."

However, the council may have to stump up the cost of storage for the artwork as well, he said.

The council should move quickly, he said.

Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt said the money was well worth spending. He hoped a thorough investigation could show ways of making other savings and provide more information on the issues they were facing.

Mr Shadbolt said the council was "emotionally prepared" for the issues surrounding earthquake-prone buildings.

Infrastructure and services committee chairman Lindsay Thomas said it was an expensive situation.

"This is the start of a hell of a long journey."

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