Work likely to begin pre- Xmas
Work on the construction of the new fully enclosed Plaza building is to start before Christmas, with the final design now completed and all consents close to being granted.
The Plaza was closed in December last year in preparation for the rebuild taking place alongside the Hawke’s Bay Opera House Theatre earthquake strengthening programme.
Work on the Plaza was then delayed with council requesting further investigations into the roof design and options around limiting internal guttering.
Group manager community facilities and programmes Alison Banks says councillors were determined to ensure the rebuild would ensure a quality, multi-purpose, acousticallysound facility that would complement the wider precinct.
The new design for the Plaza will create a dynamic, contemporary, versatile space that can be used all year round, in all weathers, with the replacement of the canvas cover roof with a new permanent roof.
The changes resulted from feedback gathered through a consultation process held in 2016, after which the Hastings District Council approved plans to replace the roof, as well as reconfigure the recessed floor to make it level, and replace the glass front wall with doubleglazing.
In February this year the eight etched glass panels along the front of the building, created by artist Campbell Gordon and sponsored by project supporters, were removed and stored for reinstatement within the Opera House precinct.
This is another milestone for the entire Opera House precinct earthquake strengthening and refurbishment project that started in 2016. Council’s Opera House and arts precinct committee chair Malcolm Dixon says the committee and other councillors were determined to leave no stone unturned to ensure they got it right.
“The Plaza has huge potential and now has the capacity and the design to meet the needs of everyone out there looking for a high quality venue.
“We can’t wait for it to be reopened this time next year.”
An artist’s impression of how the exterior of the Plaza building will look after it’s upgraded.