Teenaa koutou and welcome to the Whiringa aa nuku-October 2023 edition of the Waikato Regional Theatre Construction Update.


Progress on site

Highlights from September 2023.

Site works are going well, despite the changeable spring weather we’ve been having. As mentioned in previous updates, the substantial size of the project means that activities being undertaken across this period will appear to be similar to previous and future updates. These include the following.

  • Completion of site excavations.

  • Placing of some key plant (such as silencers) in situ.

  • Erection of structural steel.

  • Concrete pours on the raft slabs (foundations) and shear walls of the Theatre.

  • Installation of plumbing and drainage at street level in readiness for floor pouring.

  • Design and planning work, such as the development of shop drawings.


Significant events coming up

The following progress is expected to occur in October.

  • Near completion of the basement-level raft slab concrete pours.

  • Erection of shear walls.

  • Pouring of the floor (concrete) at street level.

  • Erection of structural steel.

  • Backfill activities.

The Theatre site at the end of August.


Overall Programme

Completion of the building is set for the fourth quarter of 2024, which will be followed by the kitting out and set up of the venue operation, with the Theatre expected to open in early 2025.

Set-up and site prep       COMPLETED

Demolition                          Largely completed

Earthworks                         Commenced, due for completion October 2023

Foundations                       Commenced, due for completion October 2023

Structure                             Commenced, due for completion June 2024

Envelope                             Due for completion third quarter 2024

Fit-out                                  Due for completion fourth quarter 2024

Construction complete  Fourth quarter 2024



Foster Construction team email for any queries relating to this project - queries.wrt@fosters.co.nz.


About this Update…

These Waikato Regional Theatre Construction Updates are produced by Graeme Ward and Georgia Osman 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 waikatoregionaltheatre.co.nz – the dedicated web address for construction news and contacts, separate from Momentum Waikato’s theatre community and fundraising site sharethestage.co.nz.