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

Progress on site

Highlights from October 2023.

Work on site is progressing at pace and you’ll be starting to see the foundations rise out of the ground while standing on Victoria Street. The theatre is really starting to take shape.

  • Key activities last month include the following.

  • Erection of the first of the vertical structural steel posts, which you might be able to see from Victoria Street.

  • Laying of the ComFlor in the theatre basement areas.

  • Installation of the first pre-cast stairs.

  • Completion of the concrete floor at the very lowest level.

  • Erection of more shearwalls.

  • Pouring of the floor at street level, behind the heritage façade. 

Significant events coming up

The following progress is expected to occur in November.

  • Reinforcing and pouring of the next ComFlor level.

  • Erection of more structural steel.

  • Continuation of design and shop drawings.

The back of the heritage façade in late October 2023.

Overall Programme

Completion of building construction 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                       COMPLETED

Earthworks                      COMPLETED

Foundations                    Largely Completed

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.