Options considered

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.

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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

OPTIONS CONSIDERED

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.

APPROVED OPTION

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.

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