In 2002 the Lopdell House Development Trust was formed by a group of community volunteers concerned for the deteriorating state of Lopdell House and the future of the arts activities it housed.
The journey to raise the funding for concept planning, a resource consent hearing, full design and building was challenging for a voluntary organisation. In the early stages the Trust accepted the architect's advice that the Lopdell House would not meet the design specifications for an international standard art gallery so a new gallery would need to be purpose-built.
Initial support was provided by the Waitakere City Council and the Trusts Charitable Foundation who acted as an ‘angel investor’ to underwrite initial planning costs. When the super-city was formed the new Auckland Council embraced the partnership they inherited from Waitakere City and increased the capital contribution to the project through the Waitakere Ranges Local Board.
This gave philanthropic investors The Trusts Charitable Foundation, ASB Community Trust and the Lotteries Commission the confidence that the project was viable and major contributions to the capital works programme followed.
The Lopdell House Development Trust and Auckland Council also partnered with Mitchell Stout Architects and NZ Strong.
Construction work began in 2012 and all tenants moved out, leaving the Lopdell House Development Trust to take over the lease from the Lopdell House Society and become the developers of the new precinct. The 4 stage project commenced with a new car park deck at 500 South Titirangi Road, refurbishment of the Treasure House, restoration and earthquake strengthening of Lopdell House and the addition of a brand new purpose-built contemporary gallery.
The Precinct officially opened on the 1st of November 2014, and due to the strength of the partnership with Auckland Council, the generosity of other capital investors and their ability to deliver the project debt free, the renamed Lopdell Trust now has a lease to manage and drive the strategic direction of Lopdell Precinct.