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.