Earthworks begin on plaza rebuild

The diggers are in among other activity underway at the Plaza building as the first stage of its reconstruction begins. The Plaza rebuild is taking place alongside the Hawke’s Bay Opera House Theatre and Municipal Building earthquake... Read more

Fire won’t hamper Opera House development

Although the fire at the Hawke’s Bay Opera House on Sunday night caused some damage that will need cleaning up, the earthquake strengthening project will still be completed on time and on budget. After conducting their investigations, the Police... Read more

Council approves Municipal Building earthquake strengthening

The Municipal Building is to undergo earthquake strengthening work following a recent council decision to approve the works at a cost of $8.8 million, as part of the process of redeveloping the wider arts precinct. In 2016, when the council held... Read more

Plaza rebuild close to starting

Work on the construction of the new fully enclosed Plaza building is set to start before Christmas with the final design now completed and all consents close to being granted. The Plaza was closed in December last year in preparation for the... Read more

Big plans for Municipal Buildings

Light and space, with a focus on the performing arts in their broadest form, are at the heart of a proposal for the redesign of the Municipal Buildings. The design will go out for public consultation next month. In 2016, when Council held a full... Read more

Hawke’s Bay Opera House manager appointed

A familiar face to the local arts scene has been appointed to the role of Hawke’s Bay Opera House and Arts Precinct Manager – Megan Peacock Coyle. Ms Peacock Coyle was born and raised in Hawke’s Bay and is currently Manager of Baycourt... Read more

Steel hefted into place

There has been some very heavy lifting at the Opera House over the last few weeks, with the last of the steel roof struts due to be in place by the end of this month. An estimated 80 tonnes of steel was required for the new roof. The largest single... Read more

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