Art gallery repairs move to phase 2

CHARLIE GATES
Last updated 10:53 13/07/2014
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NEXT PHASE: The next stage of seismic strengthening work is to start on the Christchurch Art Gallery.

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The next phase of repairs for the Christchurch Art Gallery starts next month, with a hopeful re-opening date of December 2015.

Gallery staff are moving out of the building on August 1 in preparation for the second phase of repairs and seismic strengthening for the city centre building.

The building, which has already been re-levelled, will have base isolation retrofitted to ensure the building is resilient in the event of another earthquake.

The second phase will include repairs to the distinctive glass facade, parapets, lighting and sprinkler systems. The building will also be refurbished.

The collection will remain in the building during the repairs in upgraded storage areas, with an onsite security presence and access for staff with agreement from contractors.

Gallery staff will be moving to an office in Peterborough St and space at the Canterbury Museum.

Gallery director Jenny Harper said they expect staff to be out of the building for about a year.

''We are hugely grateful to the Museum for helping us in such a collegial way at this stage,'' she said.

''We expect phase two of seismic strengthening, to ensure this building remains resilient in the event of another quake, to begin in August 2014.''

Harper said the gallery building needed to be made safe so overseas galleries could feel confident to lend special collections and exhibitions.

The Christchurch Art Gallery has been closed since the February 2011 earthquake.

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