‘Solid progress’ on new Marlborough Library and Art Gallery

Work on the new Marlborough District Library and Art Gallery is moving indoors, as external and internal framing nears completion and the last ground floor windows are installed.

The council’s director of projects and contracts, Maighan Watson, said “solid progress” had been made on the building over the past month, and contractors were now working on the heating, ventilation and air conditioning, plumbing in bathrooms and data systems.

Inside, the installation of the wall coverings began with plywood on the interior walls of the new art gallery now completed.

“The contractor has reported that they are on schedule, with some items ahead of schedule,” Ms Watson said.

With the roof complete in early March, the next few weeks will see further exterior cladding and glazing. Construction of the building, led by Robinson Construction, is expected to be completed in December, followed by the interior fit-out.

When completed, the $20 million building – which received $11 million from the government’s Provincial Growth Fund and has been described by Mayor John Leggett as a ‘game changer’ for Blenheim’s CBD – will house the Marlborough District Library, the Millennium Public Art Gallery, a café and community meeting rooms available for hire.

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