Kia Ora

It is farewell to Daylight Savings and welcome all to the Waikato Regional Theatre Construction Update for April 2022.

The month of March saw the achievement of various works on site and progress on several construction management plans.

As noted in February’s newsletter, the earthworks have been running alongside the continuing demolition effort, with frequent scheduled mana whenua and Heritage New Zealand monitoring visits throughout.

There are a number of public holidays during April, during which the site will be closed and inactive - we hope everyone gets a good break or two and stays safe and well.


Progress on Site

March 2022 saw the achievement of the following items.

  • ‘Soft Strip’ demolition of former Hamilton Hotel continues.

  • Ongoing Intrusive Site Investigations.

  • Asbestos removal process in Hamilton Hotel completed, including removal of the roof encapsulation structure.

  • Removal of ‘Pink House’ concrete slab, observed by archaeologist and mana whenua.

  • Commenced construction of loading dock foundations and wall in Sapper Moore-Jones Place.

  • Commenced pile installation for Façade retention structure.


Significant Events in the Next Month

The following items are set to be achieved in April.

  • Completion of Stage 1 of demolition of Hamilton Hotel.

  • Continuing the Soft Strip demolition.

  • Completion of the Loading Dock on Sapper Moore-Jones Place.

  • Preparation of the basement foundations.

  • Removal of trees in Embassy Park.


Overall Programme

The project is tracking as per dates below, note the extension to the Demolition Phase, as flagged above.

  • Demolition         November 2021 – June 2022

  • Earthworks        February 2022 – May 2022

  • Foundations      June 2022 – September 2022

  • Structure            October 2022 – February 2023

  • Envelope            January 2023 – April 2023

  • Fit-out                 March 2023 – February 2024

  • Completion        March 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