Final accounts for Christchurch Art Gallery show small over-run
17 December 2003
Christchurch City Council has approved its final payment to main contractor
C. Lund and Son for construction of the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna
The award-winning gallery and its land cost $51.78 million. The
CCC’s total payment to Lund and Son for its construction was $35.544m – 0.74
per cent ($261,390) over what had been budgeted, this month’s Council
meeting heard. Community fund-raising, central government grants
and other donations contributed $14.3m to the gallery project.
Councillor Ron Wright, chairman of the Council’s Property and
Major Projects Committee, says it has taken a little time to wrap up
the two and a half year contract and the final payment to the contractor
was being made
At its meeting the City Council approved additional funding
of $446,400 for the project – to cover the $261,390 extra for the
contract and about $185,000 for associated road works on Gloucester Street
added during the project.
Cr Wright says materials and other costs rose during the course
of the contract and, while disappointed about the cost overrun,
says the result speaks for itself.
This is a superb building; a wonderful asset for our city,” Cr Wright
says. “Christchurch and Canterbury people have already taken it
to their hearts. From the Council’s side, the main contractor C.
Lund and Son has been exceptional to deal with. They came to
this job from the Christchurch International Airport contract and have
good all the way through. The standard of finish and work has
Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu opened in May. The New Zealand
Institute of Architects have given it several regional awards (NZIA
Resene awards for community and cultural architecture and for colour, and
Glass Tech awards for innovative and inspired use of glass and
most creative use of glass to enhance a project – the first time in Canterbury the
two glass awards have gone to a single project). The national NZIA awards
will be made early in the New Year. The Gallery was also awarded the Civic
Trust’s Supreme Heritage Award.
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