WHAT DOES THE CENTRE NEED TO CONSIDER?
Horwath HTL were engaged to develop a business case for the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre, to address the key issues with the current facility.
- To optimise the value from the Sir Howard Morrison Centre that:
- Enables diversity of performance
- Is affordable/accessible to community performers
- Delivers a positive experience
- To provide a contemporary performing arts environment that;
- Conveys Rotorua’s identity
- Can attract a diverse range of touring and local productions
- Meets the need of the people of Rotorua and surrounding regions, including visitors
- To provide performing arts facilities, equipment and services that are market competitive and meet legislation and Council Policy with respect to building design and construction.
- To maximise vibrancy in and around the venue.
CRITICAL SUCCESS FACTORS
A list of options were then developed, reviewed and modelled against the objectives, as well as a range of critical success factors, including:
- Strategic fit with RLCs Vision 2030 and ‘The Rotorua Way’
- Value for money
- Achievability of the objectives
- Hirers/promoters capacity to deliver
- Potential affordability
The options considered ranged from doing nothing right through to demolishing the existing building and replacing it with a new centre.
All options were analysed against the objectives and key success factors.
The approved option includes:
- Upgrading the Concert Chamber
- Increasing the Civic Theatre to 950+ seats
- Upgrading the Foyer and mezzanine
- Giving the rest of the Centre a refresh.
This option was agreed to by Council and adopted as Stage 1 for the project.
Replacing the Banquet Room with a purpose built performing arts space may be considered as a Stage 2 project, if and when funding allows.