Major work has begun to re-clad the external façade and replace insulation at the New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM) building at a cost of over $315,000.
Armidale Regional Council Administrator Dr Ian Tiley said that this work will improve the appearance of the building’s dilapidated façade and ensure insulation is adequate to efficiently maintain industry recommended climate control standards for NERAM’s valuable Collections.
“NERAM is a significant cultural asset and community resource,” said Dr Tiley. “Council is glad to support this initiative which is replacing the cracked exterior fibre-cement sheet cladding and the sagging sub-wall insulation.”
Council approved funding of $240,000 towards the project from the Stronger Regions Fund – part of the NSW Government’s one off allocation to Councils that have undertaken mergers in NSW. The balance of funding came from the NSW Government via Create NSW Regional Capital Funding of $60,000 and from supporters who made donations to the NERAM Building Improvement Fund through the 2017 Annual Appeal.
This refurbishment will mean that the museum will present a sustainable and contemporary face to our visitors.Robert Heather
"The new look cladding at NERAM will not only make us a much more attractive facility for our visitors and community but will also help to make our building more energy efficient with improved thermal properties and durability," said Robert Heather, Art Museum Director.
"NERAM is one of the region's premier cultural and tourism facilities and this refurbishment will mean that the museum will present a sustainable and contemporary face to our visitors from around Australia."
"The renewed exterior of the building also reflects the revitalisation which has been happening at NERAM with great exhibitions, programs and activities for the residents of Armidale and the wider region."