Construction & Consents


On 1 March 2019 resource consent was granted for the Rotorua Museum project.

The application incorporated heritage impact statements and concept designs for all aspects of the project, including architectural drawings, electrical, mechanical and fire design plans.

The approved consent covers:

  •  Seismic strengthening including the installation of structural steel bracing and strongbacks, the application of shotcrete to the basement walls and ceiling, and the replacement of structural connections
  • Internal reconfiguration, alterations and additions including a new mezzanine level in the café, floor resurfacing, new fire egress stairs, demolition of some non-original internal walls and construction of some new internal walls
  • External changes including the construction of an external glazed walkway linking the 2011 south wing basement to the 1908 Mud Bath Basement exhibition, and replacement of the existing non-original 1950s roofs tiles
  • Services including a new switchboard room, full-height service shaft and lift, replacement or upgrade of plant and equipment, new doors and upgraded lighting systems

Since the resource consent was lodged, changes to the structural design mean that an amendment to the resource consent will need to be lodged once detailed design is complete. That is expected to be late 2022.


In preparation for the main construction phase to start, some non-heritage walls and features were deconstructed and removed.

Rotorua Museum – deconstruction of Cafe corridor uncovered hidden raked ceilings, January 2020


During the investigation process, a small amount of asbestos was found in some parts of the building, including the ground under the Museum.

Asbestos Surveying Solutions worked to remove all asbestos from the site.


In the 2011 south wing extension, steel bracing connections to the concrete slab will be replaced, raising the NBS rating for this part of the building from its current 74%NBS up to nearly 100%.

In the intermediate south wing the insertion of steel bracing is required for strengthening.


Following a comprehensive ‘Expression of Interest’ stage, five companies were invited to tender for the construction contract in 2019, in a two-phase tender process.

Hawkins Construction were appointed for the P&G and margins phase in December 2019. The contract for the main construction phase has not yet been awarded.