The Norwegian government has admitted construction of the new Munch museum in Oslo will probably not begin before summer next year. For each month the building work is delayed, ten million kroner is added to the total cost of the project.
Munch museum delays: 10 million kroner a month
3D graphic of the proposed new Munch Museum in Oslo. Photo: mir.no / NTB scanpix
13 October 2014
Norway's taxpayers are set to react angrily to the news that it is costing ten million kroner ($1.5 million) every month construction work on the new Munch Museum in Oslo is held up.
Oslo's city councillor for culture, Hallstein Bjercke wrote in Dagsavisen: “Each month that the start of the project is delayed, it results in an increased cost of around ten million kroner.”
Construction work on the new Lambda building in Bjørvika, the Munch Museum's new home, was set to begin in April 2015. This deadline was however based on the assumption that Oslo city council managed to organize the construction plan and financing before mid-September of this year. According to Dagsavisen, the construction start will be delayed, since the finance of the Munch museum was not high priority for Oslo city council in September.
The museum project will be reviewed at the next city council meeting on October 22nd, at the earliest.
Bjercke said: “We can expect a delay of a month or two. What we are saying now is that construction will start before the summer of 2015.”
It is expected the Lambda building will be finished in Bjørvika, Oslo in 2018 and will open in 2019.