The Chau Chak Wing Museum project has received a donation of $5 million which will go towards the construction of the new museum with a major gallery within the museum to be named after the foundation.

The latest donation from the Ian Potter Foundation builds on the $15 million donated to the museum last year by Dr Chau Chak Wing, in addition to contributions from the Nelson Meers Foundation ($1 million) and Penelope Seidler ($750,000).

The new Chau Chak Wing Museum will be built at a new location near the corner of Parramatta Road and University Avenue instead of original plans to adaptively reuse the university’s Macleay and Edgeworth David buildings.

The decision to change the location was made after the University identified certain shortcomings in the fabric of the old buildings but Johnson Pilton Walker has been retained as the architect for the project.

The change of location now places the museum at the most prominent entry point to the University, allowing them to better conserve and display their extensive collections.

The Chau Chak Wing Museum is due for completion in late 2018.