A new air conditioning unit for the Ashburton Art Gallery and Heritage Centre is on its way from Italy where the equipment is manufactured to replace the one that was not functioning correctly.
A heat exchanger in one of the units that stabilises temperature in the upper floor of the building, housing the Ashburton Art Gallery, has been malfunctioning.
Unfortunately, despite contractors' best efforts it is unlikely the replacement unit will arrive before Saturday 14 February, the date of the official opening ceremony.
Commercial Manager James Webb says the information received from the suppliers of the equipment is that it will arrive in the country around 16 February with installation and testing to follow immediately after delivery.
This will not affect the official opening of the building which is still going ahead as planned for Saturday 14 February, says Mayor Angus McKay.
"It's disappointing this has happened only weeks out from the opening, but we will go ahead as planned and make the most of what will be a fantastic occasion."
The opening event is invitation only, with the public able to access the building from Sunday 15 February.
The Ashburton Museum will be open and ready for business with opening hours of 10am to 4pm (weekdays) and 1pm to 4pm (weekends).
Mr Webb says the suppliers have a good reputation and track record within the building services industry in New Zealand which was confirmed during due diligence before accepting the tender.
"The other air conditioning units are working effectively and it's just this one that's not performing and as a result it's getting replaced."
He says the cost of the new unit, freight and installation is under warranty so there will be no additional cost to the ratepayer.
"These air conditioning units are specialised pieces of equipment that have been custom made for this facility to keep temperatures to the optimum level. Replacement was the only feasible option."