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Christchurch Art Gallery

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Client

Christchurch Art Gallery

Description

To ensure galleries around the world would have the confidence to loan artworks and exhibitions to Christchurch in the future, restoring the gallery with ‘gold-standard’ engineering was a must.

Expertise

  • Structural engineering building services

Project Period

2013 to March 2014

When the Christchurch earthquake hit in 2011, the city’s much-loved Art Gallery appeared to hold up fairly well. But closer inspection revealed that the building had bowed in the middle, the floor had settled a maximum of 140mm and the iconic glass façade had dropped towards the ground.

To ensure galleries around the world would have the confidence to loan artworks and exhibitions to Christchurch in the future, restoring the gallery with ‘gold-standard’ engineering was a must.

Our work

Working with Uretek Ground Engineering, we provided structural engineering and building services advice during the tender and remedial work process. We assessed the existing structure and assisted in developing a suitable lifting and monitoring strategy to relieve the stresses that had built up in the basement slabs.

The result

When complete, the Gallery will be returned to an eager and enthusiastic Christchurch public with pre-earthquake levels of quality and stability.

The details

Location address: Cnr Worcester Boulevard and Montreal Street

Local authority: Christchurch City Council

Project date: 2013 to March 2014

Total project value: $15 million (for re-levelling phase)

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