New re­gional

Hamilton News - - NEWS - Tom Row­land

The Waikato Re­gional Theatre in Hamil­ton is on track to be built and open in June 2021, with Mo­men­tum Waikato on tar­get to com­plete the project within its $75 mil­lion bud­get.

The 1300-seat theatre by the Waikato River in Vic­to­ria Street was ap­proved by the city coun­cil in June, and Mo­men­tum Waikato chief ex­ec­u­tive Kelvyn Eglin­ton up­dated coun­cil­lors last week about progress.

The theatre is in the de­tailed de­sign phase, with early con­trac­tors also brought in to help.

“We bring in early con­trac­tors in­volve­ment as part of the de­tailed de­sign work, so they can dis­cuss how that may im­pact con­struc­tion,” Mr Eglin­ton said.

Over 68 per cent of fund­ing has been con­firmed for the theatre, with an­other 27 per cent con­firmed as “highly prob­a­ble”, leav­ing only 5 per cent of fund­ing out­stand­ing. This amount — al­most $4 mil­lion — is ex­pected to come from the wider com­mu­nity.

At the HCC brief­ing, coun­cil­lor Paula South­gate asked how the theatre would con­nect to the mu­seum, and wider plans for de­vel­op­ment along the river in the CBD. Mr Eglin­ton said it was some­thing that would be con­sid­ered through­out the de­sign.

“It’s not ex­cluded — we haven’t had the dis­cus­sion,” he said.

He said Mo­men­tum Waikato is tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion the CBD re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion, as well as the river walk­ways and new jetty and how they can be in­cor­po­rated into the

A pro­posed river walk­way that will con­nect with the theatre stretch­ing across to Em­bassy Park. The pro­tected her­itage trees in the area will re­main.

Im­ages / Mo­men­tum Waikato

A view of the Waikato Re­gional Theatre's out­door per­form­ing area and stair­case lead­ing to the au­di­to­rium. The out­door area con­nects with a river walk­way.

The main au­di­to­rium at the Waikato Re­gional Theatre will have 1300 seats.

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