Lye centre takes shape

TARYN UTIGER
Last updated 05:00 03/12/2013
Lye Centre
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GOING UP: Concrete panels have been erected for the cinema to be housed within the Len Lye Centre in New Plymouth.

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The controversial multi-million dollar Len Lye Centre is beginning to rise in New Plymouth.

The $11.5 million build and fit-out was hitting all essential targets, Jim Willson, infrastructure boss at the New Plymouth District Council, has said.

"We are working really hard to keep this project on budget and despite the bad weather we have kept it close to schedule too.

"We are only about one week out from where we'd like to be," he said.

The centre is set to open in the middle of 2015.

Project manager Layton Cottam said at least 10 workers from Clelands Construction were on site daily.

The Taranaki company won the contract with a price of $12,880,739, which included upgrade work to the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. All-up, the project is close to $17m when earthquake strengthening and internal fit-out is included.

Contractors moved on site in May, to prepare for the demolition work needed to clear the old buildings from the prime real estate.

The foundations for the new building, which will be completed with a 14-metre high stainless steel facade, are being laid.

The concrete back wall, which will not include the controversial stainless steel facade, is going up quickly, Mr Cottam said.

Yesterday the Taranaki Daily News took a tour of the site.

The cinema designed to screen the film work of Lye is the part of the building site that is the most advanced.

Precast concrete panels, manufactured in Whanganui, have already been erected for the walls of the 62-seat cinema.

The two-storey building will also include an education floor, a large works gallery, and a main gallery.

Mr Willson said the large works gallery would be be 9 metres high and would house some of Lye's bigger sculptures, while the main gallery was set to reach six metres.

"It's a large job and so far we are hitting target, which is good," he said.

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