After four years of hard work, the Auckland Art Gallery is less than a month away from re-opening. The $121 million-dollar refurbishment included extensive civil works, construction of basement levels and seismic strengthening. One of the most interesting parts according to project superintendent Mike Farrelly was when it came down to the nitty gritty; contractor Hawkins infrastructure had to procure 2500sq m of New Zealand Kauri for the ceiling of the gallery, German Jura stone for the exterior, American white oak for the floor and specialised glass from Europe, America and Asia. The Whats On Report has been following this project since 2002. Check out J17518 for all the details.

Source: The New Zealand Herald, 9 August 2011 (AG)


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