The­atre high­lights

Hamilton Metro News - - COMMUNITY -

It will be de­signed to be flex­i­ble and adapt­able to en­sure the best user and au­di­ence ex­pe­ri­ence.

It will be a multi-pur­pose the­atre, able to hold in­ti­mate, small-scale works with spo­ken words through to youth kapa haka per­for­mances and full or­ches­tral and bal­let per­for­mances.

Al­though de­signed as a world-class the­atre, the WRT will be avail­able for com­mu­nity use at dis­counted rates to all sec­tors, not just the art sec­tors.

Tech­ni­cal needs for the the­atre have been dis­cussed with user groups and tour pro­mot­ers, but more con­sul­ta­tion will take place dur­ing de­tailed plan­ning.

The Vic­to­ria St site is close to about 2200 car parks and res­i­den­tial park­ing zones (com­pared with the 436 parks near Founders The­atre).

There is po­ten­tial for mul­ti­ple en­trances with the pri­mary pedes­trian ac­cess from Em­bassy Plaza, and for gen­eral and dis­abil­ity ac­cess drop-off, and for truck and site park­ing ac­cess from Sap­per Moore-Jones Place.

The the­atre would be an ob­vi­ous end point for a pedes­trian bridge over the river, mooted by Hamil­ton City Coun­cil.

It’s recommended a Waikato Re­gional Prop­erty Trust is cre­ated to own and main­tain the WRT as­set, and a Waikato Re­gional The­atre Op­er­at­ing Com­pany is cre­ated to run the the­atre op­er­a­tions. This is de­signed to pro­vide sep­a­ra­tion be­tween own­er­ship and oper­a­tion. The trust and com­pany will be owned and op­er­ated by the com­mu­nity, not lo­cal bod­ies. — Source: Mo­men­tum Waikato

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