What’s been happening at your Hawke’s Bay Opera House?

Tons of steel hoisted into the roof

The arrival of an impressively large crane in the past week means the 80 tonnes of steel that needs to be hoisted into the Hawke’s Bay Opera House can go ahead from today. The process is tricky, with sections of the old roof needing to be... Read more

A new use for steel a re-purposing plus

The four steel trusses which held up the old canvas roof on the Opera House Plaza have come down and are being stored while a new use for them is investigated – perhaps as frames for shade sails in parks. The trusses, weighing about 10 tonnes... Read more

Hawke’s Bay Opera House Precinct Redevelopment Update – February 2018

Read our February 2018 newsletter in full. Hawke’s Bay Opera House Precinct Redevelopment Update – February 2018... Read more

Plaza transformation underway

Work to transform the Plaza into an all-weather space suitable for all kinds of events started this week, with the removal of the etched glass panels along the front of the building. Each of the panels has been carefully lifted from its surround... Read more

Plaza upgrade about to start

Work on the Opera House will stop for the Christmas break today (December 21), with the crews back on site from January 8. Five months into the project, the work is on time and on budget, said Hastings District Council facilities and programmes... Read more

Hawke’s Bay Opera House Precinct Redevelopment Update – December 2017

Earthquake strengthening work at the Opera House is well underway with the project running on schedule. The $11.1 million earthquake strengthening of the Hawke’s Bay Opera House started on 2 August and is expected to take 20 to 24 months... Read more

Opera House: New foundations poured

The next time lapse video of the work to earthquake strengthen the Opera House has been released, showing the last of the foundation preparations before this week’s big concrete pour. Twenty concrete trucks, each carrying five cubic metres of... Read more

Treasures emerge from Opera House walls

Little treasures have been turning up in the walls and under the floors of the 100-year-old Opera House, as it undergoes earthquake strengthening.  So far a boxing bout card number, coming attraction signs, old fuses, a cigarette tin and... Read more

Opera house: Foyer foundations next

The second time-lapse video of the earthquake strengthening work inside the Hawke’s Bay Opera House has been released this week.  The team working on the foyer has exposed all of the old foundation beams and put in the reinforcing for the... Read more

Bird’s eye view of opera house work

The first of monthly time-lapse videos of the Hawke’s Bay Opera House strengthening project has been uploaded to the opera house website.  Over the last six weeks the contractors have removed the exceptional art deco stained glass doors from... Read more