Teenaa koutou and welcome to October’s Waikato Regional Theatre Construction Update.

Works continues onsite largely as per last month.

The strengthening of the former Hamilton Hotel basement areas has been completed, which will allow deeper excavations to proceed.

The large piling rig has almost completed its work and will be leaving the site soon. It will be replaced by the first of two large cranes, the platforms for which are now being laid.

A new transformer platform is going in at the bottom of Sapper Moore-Jones Place from mid-October, which will require changes to the road around it - the construction team will be working with the local residents and businesses to minimise the impact of this reconfiguration.

Progress on site

September saw the achievement of the following works.

  • Completion of the demolition of those parts of Hamilton Hotel not being saved.

  • Piling and Stage 1 excavations.

  • Completion of heritage basement propping, including shotcrete on to walls.

  • Removal of asbestos and contaminated soil.

Significant events in the next month

The following is set to be achieved in October.

  • Completion of piling.

  • Installation of crane platforms.

  • Arrival and erection of the first of two cranes.

  • Installation of transformer pad at bottom of Sapper Moore-Jones place.

A view from Fosters of the 'enabling works' once the cranes are in 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.