Art gallery re-opening again delayed

12:11 am on 14 March 2013

The re-opening of the Christchurch Art Gallery has again been delayed due to further earthquake damage discovered in the basement.

The art gallery was due to reopen this year after a multi-million dollar refit, but that will now not happen until the middle of 2015.

Gallery executives say engineers have confirmed liquefaction damaged the basement floor, causing it to settle unevenly.

Director Jenny Harper says the damage was not factored into the initial repairs and the problem has not been obvious until recently.

Ms Harper says the building needs to be re-levelled before other repairs are made.