Q Theatre gets green light
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.