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  • St James Theatre

    by Fiona@WCC, 5 months ago
    St james 91132 0705

    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...

    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.

  • Town Hall

    by Fiona@WCC, 5 months ago
    Townhall 84860 0074

    Wellington’s Town Hall has significant cultural value as a focal-point for democratic, social and community activities. Through the 2018-28 10-Year Plan, the Council approved a budget of $97.4 million to strengthen and refurbish the building, following its closure after the Seddon Earthquake in 2013. The approval was linked to the granting of a long-term lease to the NZ Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) and Victoria University School of Music (VUW) to create a music hub. Since the approval in Our 10-Year Plan further testing, investigation, design and the tendering process has occurred. We now have a better understanding of the extent and...

    Wellington’s Town Hall has significant cultural value as a focal-point for democratic, social and community activities. Through the 2018-28 10-Year Plan, the Council approved a budget of $97.4 million to strengthen and refurbish the building, following its closure after the Seddon Earthquake in 2013. The approval was linked to the granting of a long-term lease to the NZ Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) and Victoria University School of Music (VUW) to create a music hub. Since the approval in Our 10-Year Plan further testing, investigation, design and the tendering process has occurred. We now have a better understanding of the extent and likely cost of the works required to strengthen and restore the Town Hall.

    Revised cost for the Town Hall project is $112.4 million excluding contingency and is due to start mid-2019 and take four years to complete. The costs have increased as the structural and ground conditions make it a highly complex project. The highly competitive construction market has also impacted on the project costs. It is proposed that the Annual Plan budget is revised to accommodate the revised timing and higher than budgeted cost.

    This project would see the Council retain 40 percent of the total occupancy. NZSO and VUW will share access to the remaining 60 percent, creating a music hub with three shared performance spaces. This will enhance the city’s reputation as a vibrant, centre for the arts, while also bringing in rental revenue. The design will restore public access to Town Hall facilities through events, public Council meetings and pedestrian access between Wakefield Street and Civic Square.

    To find out more about the history of the Town Hall as well as the strengthening work visit Wellington City Council's website.