The Gallery Redevelopment Project, lead by Whanganui District Council (WDC), will preserve the original building in Queens Park that opened in 1919, protect the Gallery’s nationally-important collection and provide increased access to all parts of the collection.
The extension to the gallery building spanned a section of land which was legal road and formed part of Pukenamu Drive, providing public access through the Pukenamu Queens Park from Drews Avenue to Cameron Terrace. In order to extend the gallery, a portion of Pukenamu Drive was required to be stopped and a portion of the Park physically formed as road, needed to be declared road to be used for the main public access as part of the redevelopment plans.
TPG provided property advisory to Council to formulate a strategy to support and enable the extension to begin. We then provided seamless road legalisation actions, while ensuring public access was maintained.
The redeveloped Sarjeant Gallery te Whare o Rehua Whanganui is currently projected to re-open in spring 2022.