Prior to starting the main construction phase, a range of deconstruction works was completed. This involved removing some walls and wall linings, lifting floors, removing seats in the main Civic Theatre auditorium, and generally getting the building ready for construction.

Seats removed in the Civic Theatre auditorium. Dec 2019


Resource consent

This was granted in August 2018, followed by an amendment in 2020 to allow for alterations to the Foyer roof design, which were changed from the original concept design that was submitted.

Building consent

With detailed design complete, building consent was granted in September 2020, enabling construction to get underway.


Following a comprehensive ‘Expression of Interest’ stage, five companies were invited to tender for the construction contract.

Hawkins Construction were appointed for the early contractor involvement (ECI phase), and were later awarded the contract for the main construction phase.


Construction started at the end of September 2020 and is expected to be complete in mid-2022. This will be followed by building fit out and commissioning, with the Centre expected to re-open in late 2022.

New foyer roof starting to take shape. Dec 2021