Oslo city officials announced at a city council committee meeting this week that site preparation and construction will proceed as planned this fall on a new Munch Museum at Bjørvika, next to the Opera House. Contracts are due to be signed with the builders by the end of the month.
The project is set to move forward after a special review of its costs left city politicians assured that the museum will be built within its budget framework of NOK 2.7 billion. Concerns had arisen after major cost overruns on the new city library also being built in Bjørvika, because of unstable ground and leakage problems.
“We have made a comprehensive review and new analysis, and brought in outside consultants,” Eli Grimsby, the city director now in charge of the project, told newspaper Aftenposten. “The conclusion shows that the City of Oslo can build the new museum, with its qualities and future-oriented plans, within the approved cost framework.”
The museum is expected to be completed in 2019.