The Hawke’s Bay Museum & Art Gallery redevelopment is on target for an April handover to staff for furnishing and putting up exhibitions in a dramatically more extensive building.
With the new wing’s big windows in place, plastering completed and scaffolding starting to come down, the structure’s form and detailing can now be better appreciated.
Work is continuing on installing suspended ceilings in the first floor galleries, verandah soffits, plastering and painting, door and hardware fit-out and the commissioning of a sophisticated air conditioning system.
Finishing work and a clean-up are all that is needed to complete large areas of the original wing. Over coming weeks, work will focus on constructing the Herschell Street deck and entrance, stormwater drainage and office fit-outs and painting.
An elaborate tile floor is to be laid in the Octagon Gallery while existing timber floors in the Bestal and Gwen Malden Galleries will be refurbished.