Kia Ora

Greetings all and welcome to the Waikato Regional Theatre Update for May 2022.

April proved to be as busy a month as any other on site, despite the interruptions of several public holidays.

Demolition, façade retention and accessway works have all been progressing simultaneously.

Meanwhile, the Fosters team have also been busy coordinating with their sub-contractors as they plan the upcoming programme of earthworks.

Winter is coming, so as the elements and the nights close in we hope everyone stays well and warm.


Progress on Site

April saw the achievement of the following.

  • Completion of the façade retention piling.

  • Continuation of soft strip of the Hotel’s internals.

  • Start of Hotel roof removal.

  • Removal of Embassy Park trees.

  • Removal of light poles on Victoria St and Sapper Moore-Jones Place (note streetlights across the streets have been re-angled to compensate for loss of light).


Significant Events in the Next Month

The following is set to happen in May.

  • Pile caps for façade retention installed, then structural frame from late May.

  • Demolition of the rear portion of the Hotel.

  • New wastewater line laid from Embassy Park to Sapper Moore-Jones Place.

  • Temporary access routes constructed through the site.

  • Stage 1 excavation commences after the demolition of Hotel rear.


Overall Programme

The project is tracking as per dates below, note the extension to the Demolition Phase, as flagged above.

  • Demolition          November 2021 – June 2022

  • Earthworks         February 2022 – May 2022

  • Foundations       June 2022 – September 2022

  • Structure             October 2022 – February 2023

  • Envelope             January 2023 – April 2023

  • Fit-out                  March 2023 – February 2024

  • Completion        Second Quarter 2024.


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About this Update…

These Waikato Regional Theatre Construction Updates are produced by Graeme Ward from RDT Pacific, the Theatre’s Overall Project Manager, assisted by Mark Servian from Momentum Waikato, their Communications and Marketing Manager.


These newsletter issues are posted at the website – the dedicated web address for construction news and contacts, separate from Momentum Waikato’s theatre community and fundraising site