Teenaa koutou and welcome to the Haratua-May 2024 edition of Waikato Regional Theatre Construction Update.

Passersby can definitely see the overall structure emerging now, showing the size and scale of the project. As the photo below shows, the steel frame of the building is now above street level at its northern end, alongside the old Hotel façade.  


Progress on site

Highlights from the last month.

  • Installation of drainage and pouring of the floor around auditorium’s ‘Circle’ balcony.

  • Continued pouring of shear walls and erection of structural steel across the site.

  • Commencing the blockwork in the ‘back of house’ spaces.

  • Creating the foundation for the control room’s space.

Significant events coming up

The following progress is expected to occur in the next month.

  • Continuing assembly of the steel frame – the structure will get taller and taller.

  • Laying of the Composite Floor (Comflor) in the NW corner of the site.

  • Installation of the roof trusses in the heritage space.

  • Lots more concrete pours for shear walls and floors.


The Theatre site from the KPMG building in early May.

Overall Programme

The WRT’s construction programme has been updated as follows.

  • Site Set Up                                          Completed

  • Demo                                                    Completed

  • Earthworks                                         Completed

  • Foundations                                       Completed

  • Structure                                             Commenced - Due for Completion early 2025

  • Envelope                                             Commenced - Due for Completion mid 2025

  • Construction Completion              Due for Completion 2025

  • Fit out and Commissioning           Due for Completion 2025



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.