Although all teams are busy, progress continues to be made on the Construction Management Plans, Peer Reviews of Building Condition Surveys and the demolition works.


The Fosters Construction team are currently securing the site for the Christmas break, patrols will continue throughout, with the crews returning in early January 2022.


With this in mind, we wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas.


Progress on Site

So far, December has seen the Demolition Phase achieve the following.

  • Demolition of the ‘Pink House’ at the back of the site.

  • Removal of redundant electrical infrastructure.

  • Soft-strip demolition.

  • Intrusive Site investigations.

  • Implementing environmental controls.

  • Removal of accretions that detract from Hamilton Hotel heritage value.

  • Removal of the heritage canopy.

  • Pile testing for heritage facade retention.

  • Asbestos removal.

  • Commence shop drawings for facade retention.


The Theatre Sod Turning by the Prime Minister and Mayor of Hamilton on 30 November was a private event that was not advertised for security reasons, although protesters still managed to target the PM’s visit. See photos and video, with media links on the Share the Stage site.


Significant Events in the Next Month

The following works have been identified as achievable by the end of January 2022.

  • Encapsulation of roof for asbestos removal.

  • Asbestos removal.

  • Continuation of soft-strip demolition.

  • Completion of Shop Drawings for façade retention.

  • Install piles for façade retention.

  • Removal of the concrete slabs.

  • Start of demolition of heritage building Stage One. 


Overall Programme

The project is tracking as per the dates below – note this is more detailed than the previous edition. 

  • Demolition         November 2021 – February 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 will be posted at the website – the dedicated web address for construction news and contacts, separate from Momentum Waikato’s theatre community and fundraising site