St James Theatre

Strengthening cultural facilities

A thriving art and culture sector requires the right facilities to showcase talent. Some of Wellington’s facilities are not fit-for-purpose and require upgrading, and key facilities are missing from the city’s repertoire. In 2019/20, work will progress to reinstate the St James Theatre and Town Hall. There have been some changes to these two projects since we released Our 10-Year Plan.

St James Theatre

The St James Theatre has played an important role in the social and cultural lives of Wellingtonians as a leading venue for theatre, film, music and ballet, for over a century. Seismic strengthening is required to bring this theatre up to a minimum of 67 percent of the New Building Standard (NBS). Our 10-Year Plan budget of $14.9 million for the strengthening of the St James Theatre was based on a concept design, which was developed prior to the building being available for extensive investigation. An intensive building survey and detailed structural design revealed more complex seismic strengthening would be required at an additional $8.1 million. A further $8.6 million is also proposed to complete the recommended building and theatre system upgrades during the closure of the theatre. The total cost of the project is now expected to be $31.3 million over the next three years.

Strengthening cultural facilities

A thriving art and culture sector requires the right facilities to showcase talent. Some of Wellington’s facilities are not fit-for-purpose and require upgrading, and key facilities are missing from the city’s repertoire. In 2019/20, work will progress to reinstate the St James Theatre and Town Hall. There have been some changes to these two projects since we released Our 10-Year Plan.

St James Theatre

The St James Theatre has played an important role in the social and cultural lives of Wellingtonians as a leading venue for theatre, film, music and ballet, for over a century. Seismic strengthening is required to bring this theatre up to a minimum of 67 percent of the New Building Standard (NBS). Our 10-Year Plan budget of $14.9 million for the strengthening of the St James Theatre was based on a concept design, which was developed prior to the building being available for extensive investigation. An intensive building survey and detailed structural design revealed more complex seismic strengthening would be required at an additional $8.1 million. A further $8.6 million is also proposed to complete the recommended building and theatre system upgrades during the closure of the theatre. The total cost of the project is now expected to be $31.3 million over the next three years.