Teenaa koutou and welcome to the first monthly Waikato Regional Theatre Update for 2022.

The New Year has already seen the approval of Construction Management Plans, further progress with demolition on site and the continued ‘soft stripping’ of the former Hamilton Hotel.

Due diligence by way of site investigations has resulted in an extension to the duration of the planned Demolition Phase of site work, which was due to be completed in February but will now run into April, alongside the installation of the façade retention structure around the front of the Hotel.

Overall, the Theatre is still on track to meet the planned completion date of March 2024.

Progress on Site

A great start to 2022 for the Theatre, with the following items now achieved.

  • Continued soft strip of former Hamilton Hotel.

  • Demolition of the lower house.

  • Removal of the Hotel’s Victoria Street canopy.

  • CCTV investigation of existing services completed.

Significant Events in the Next Month

Despite it being the shortest month of the year, February will see the achievement of the following.

  • Encapsulation of the Hotel for asbestos removal (already in progress).

  • Removal of external fixtures from outside of former Hamilton Hotel.

  • Demolition of the apartment block connected to the back of the Hotel.

  • Removal of the existing ground slabs from demolished structures.

  • Installation of façade retention piles and their caps.

Overall Programme

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

  • Demolition November 2021 – April 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.


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.