Teenaa koutou and welcome to Waikato Regional Theatre Construction Update for November 2022.

Onsite works continue to move along well - the last month has seen great progress with the earthworks, with the majority of the excavation being completed and the final stage underway.

All the necessary supports for the Hamilton Hotel’s heritage façade are in place and the demolition of the structures not being retained is complete.

Recent drone photos taken by Cameron Neilson of Fosters provide a great aerial image of the progress onsite.

See more drone shots of Theatre site.


Progress on site

Highlights from October 2022.

The completion of:

  • the retention piling, and removal of associated plant and equipment

  • installation of final heritage façade retention steelwork and gravity supports

  • final demolition activities, including residual asbestos removal

  • bulk of excavation – stage 1

  • establishment of a slip lane on Victoria St, by relocating hoardings.

The continuation of:

  • tower crane foundations

  • retaining structures for new transformer on Sapper Moore-Jones Place

  • excavation activity - stage 2.


Significant events in the next month

The following is expected to occur in November:

  • tower crane to be erected on site

  • further site excavations

  • beginning of shear wall construction

  • completion of the transformer platform and further works in Sapper Moore-Jones Place.

Overall Programme

The project is currently tracking as per dates below.

  • Site set-up         August – October 2021

  • Demolition         November 2021 – September 2022

  • Earthworks        June – October 2022

  • Foundations      October 2022 – January 2023

  • Structure            November 2022 – March 2023

  • Envelope            January – April 2023

  • Fit-out                 March 2023 – May 2024

  • Completion        June 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 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.