Dr John Money Wing
Signal were engaged to complete the planning, design and construction of an extension to the Eastern Southland Gallery in Gore. This $1M redevelopment houses the internationally recognised personal art collection of expatriate New Zealander Dr John Money. The collection, was moved from Dr Money's home in Baltimore in the United States by Gore Gallery curator Jim Geddes. The collection includes works by Theo Schoon and Rita Angus and is complimented by donated art work from Ralph Hotere.
Climate Controlled Environment
Refurbishment of the gallery (a 1909 Carnegie Building), included a new architecturally sympathetic wing. It comprised 400m2 gallery space and storage and features a highly sensitive climate controlled environment. This regulates temperature to 19oC +/- 1oC and humidity to 55% +/- 5%.
Reinvesting Funds into the Gallery
Initial planning work by Signal required the finalisation of a subdivision of land owned by the Department of Courts upon which the extension has been constructed. While resolving this issue Signal identified an opportunity to redesign the new extension allowing all facilities to be accommodated on a single level, rather than two storeys as originally designed. This eliminated the need for a lift ($50,000) and minimised the effect of shading onto adjoining properties. This which assisted in obtaining the Resource Consent.