Q The­atre gets green light

Central Leader - - News -

Construction on the city’s new the­atre is set to start at the end of the year fol­low­ing ap­proval of the build­ing’s de­sign.

The Q The­atre Trust pre­sented the de­signs to the Auck­land City Coun­cil’s arts, cul­ture and recre­ation com­mit­tee this month where the plans were given the rub­ber stamp.

Com­mit­tee chair­woman Toni Mil­lar said it was a won­der­ful mile­stone for the Queen St project to see the de­sign ap­proved.

“I look for­ward to De­cem­ber. Roll on construction.”

Q The­atre Trust chair­man An­drew Cais­ley ac­knowl­edged the work put in by coun­cil staff, The Edge, Ngati Whatua and pro­fes­sion­als who lent their time to the project.

The flexi-form the­atre will seat be­tween 350 and 450 peo­ple in the main au­di­to­rium, de­pend­ing on how it is set up at the time.

There will be a sec­ond per­for­mance space seat­ing up to 120, re­hearsal rooms, a cafe and bar, ad­min­is­tra­tion space and stor­age.

The project will also pro­vide a new green room for the neigh­bour­ing town hall.

Iwi con­tri­bu­tion will be seen in the en­trance­way lighting, which re­flects the Milky Way and the con­stel­la­tion Matariki, which sig­nals the Maori new year.

The project has re­source con­sent and is now ready for detailed de­sign work be­fore it goes out to ten­der.

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