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