In The News – Matt Ritani

September 30, 2019

RCP’s Matt Ritani, has been featured in the New Zealand Herald for his involvement in the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua redevelopment project in Whanganui.

RCP has a strong track record in the refurbishment of heritage buildings and we are thrilled to be involved with another project of national cultural significance. Our Wellington team is enjoying the challenges presented by this complex project and collaborating with an exceptional project team and client.

Constructed in 1917, the Sarjeant Gallery is the iconic gallery on the Whanganui skyline. RCP is providing Design Management and Project Management services for the redevelopment project. The redevelopment consists of 3,300m2 of new galleries and archival art storage. The seismic strengthening will preserve the category 1 listed Sarjeant. It will upgrade gallery spaces to meet the stringent environmental requirements of touring exhibitions.

The strengthening utilizes an innovative post-tensioned cable system. This avoids destructive work to the Oamaru stone facade and intricate interior plasterwork. The project required a collaborative interdisciplinary consultant team to meet the challenges of the design. The redevelopment will enhance a critical component of the national arts infrastructure. The Sarjeant collection is unrivalled in regional collections. This project will increase access to the collection and tourism in the region. The project is a partnership between Whanganui District Council, Whanganui Mana Whenua Te Runanga o Tupoho, Central government, and Philanthropic Donors.

The project is the largest cultural project undertaken in Whanganui since the original Sarjeant. It will be the largest arts development in the lower North Island since Te Papa. RCP is proud to be on the team delivering this transformative project for Whanganui.