Kia Ora

Welcome to the Waikato Regional Theatre Construction Update for June 2022.

The last month of autumn saw progress across multiple areas of the Theatre project site, notably across demolition and infrastructure, as outlined below.

Wastewater redirection works have kicked off with active monitoring by kaitiaki and Heritage New Zealand. This oversight will continue to ensure due diligence and that any archaeological discoveries are appropriately handled.

Meanwhile, the WEL network team have started their work by removing the transformer on Sapper Moore-Jones Place – pleasing to note there were no reports of any unscheduled power disruptions by the relevant business and residents.

With winter now upon us, the project team hope that everyone stays well and warm.


Progress on Site

May saw the achievement of the following works.

  • Internal soft-strip of former Hotel continued.

  • Demolition of Hotel’s Queen Suite, first floor and roof.

  • Wastewater redirection works got underway.

  • Façade retention pile caps installation continued.

  • Acoustic fence at 240 Victoria Street installed.


Significant Events in the Next Month

The following is set to be achieved in June.

  • Façade retention pile caps completed, then installation of retaining structural steel.

  • Demolition of rear portion of Hotel completed.

  • New wastewater line connection from Embassy Park to Sapper Moore Jones completed.

  • Temporary access routes constructed.

  • Stage 1 excavation to commence, following completion of demolition and slab removal.

  • Strengthening of the foundations and wall of Hotel’s heritage basement underway.

  • Re-alignment of lower Sapper Moore-Jones Place site fence.

  • WEL pillar upgrades – NOTE power cut dates and times have been notified to affected residents and businesses by their respective power retailers.


Overall Programme

UPDATED - the project is now tracking as per dates below.

Note that dates have shuffled forward from those previously advised, with ‘Completion’ previously down as ‘Second Quarter 2024’ now listed as ‘May-June 2024’.

  • Site set-up          August – October 2021

  • Demolition          November 2021 – July 2022

  • Earthworks         June – September 2022

  • Foundations       August 2022 – February 2023

  • Structure             December 2022 – May 2023

  • Envelope             April – August 2023

  • Fit-out                  June 2023 – April 2024

  • Completion        May – June 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