Gallery work im­mi­nent

Central Leader - - News -

More than five years of plan­ning is fi­nally turn­ing into action with ma­jor work on the Auck­land Art Gallery de­vel­op­ment due to start within the next two weeks.

Auck­land City Coun­cil re­ceived a de­ci­sion from the En­vi­ron­ment Court last week con­firm­ing re­source con­sent which clears the way for construction to start. The gallery has been closed since Fe­bru­ary this year, with work orig­i­nally sched­uled to start in April.

But op­po­si­tion to the project and an En­vi­ron­ment Court hear­ing have de­layed the project.

The $113m re­de­vel­op­ment project is ex­pected to be fin­ished in 2010.

Auck­land city mayor John Banks says this lat­est con­fir­ma­tion is a ma­jor mile­stone for one of the coun­try’s largest her­itage restora­tion projects.

“This is the de­ci­sion we have been wait­ing for to kick start this unique project for Auck­land.”

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