Teenaa koutou and welcome to the Poutuu-te-rangi - March 2024 edition of the Waikato Regional Theatre Construction Update.

Those who have been in central Kirikiriroa recently will have seen that the Theatre’s structure has risen up. If you haven’t had a chance, we do encourage you to swing by – there are great views of the development from across the river in Parana Park as well as from Victoria St.


Progress on site

Highlights of the last month.

  • Laying of the floor in the northern corner.

  • Pouring of the walls of the atrium, the space between the Theatre proper and the street-front commercial premises.

  • Installation of the structural steel for the floor of the commercial space’s second level.

  • Installation of (even) more of the external wall panels.

  • Installation of pre-cast stairs across the site.

  • Progressing construction in the loading dock, including installation of the dock leveller, which will get equipment and other heavy kit off trucks and into the building.

  • Progression of support works and restoration to the heritage façade.


Significant events coming up

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

  • Installation of the ducts under the main auditorium.

  • Laying and pouring of the com floor for level two of the commercial space.

  • Progression of the structural steel installation across the site.

  • Drainage laying in the upper levels of the Theatre spaces.

View of the Theatre site from the KPMG building in late February 2024

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.