With stage one is the addition of a new carpark and stage two is the refurbishment of Lopdell Hall – stage three – the seismic strengthening of Lopdell House – is well underway; work has now begun on the fourth and final stage – the addition of a new, purpose built gallery at the Scenic Drive end. The building is due to re-open in about a year.
The addition of the purpose built gallery will mean that Lopdell Gallery will acquire the controlled environment that artworks need and is demanded by owners of major collections and exhibitions.
Lopdell House Development Trust Chair, Terry Bates, says funding of the $18.6m project is also well on track with $18.2m already committed. He said that the trustees are grateful for the very significant recent multi-year grant of $3m from The Trusts Community Foundation (TTCF) which is yet another proof of the “enormous value TTCF adds to the ongoing development of the social and cultural infrastructure of West Auckland,” he says. Auckland Council also contributed $12m.
Mr Bates says that the funding on hand is sufficient “to build the new gallery and complete the gallery floors themselves, but not yet sufficient to complete an education facility and workshop.”
Lopdell House Gallery Director Lesley Smith says she and her team will soon begin planning for a new exhibition programme with which to welcome the new facility.