Join us on the journey
In March 2016 after receiving more than 3000 responses from the public, a Hastings District Council record for this type of consultation, 80 percent asked that the Hawke’s Bay Opera House be strengthened and reopened. In August 2017, this strengthening work began and is expected to take 20 to 24 months.
Because most of the construction work is occurring within the building itself, we have installed time-lapse cameras to capture what is happening inside. These images will be presented as short-videos and uploaded on a monthly basis below.
June 2018 – Construction of the wall on the side of the new Opera House Theatre roof
June 2018 – Installation of the steel members for the new Opera House Theatre roof
June 2018 – Shear walls being constructed within the Opera House Theatre
May 2018 – Steel lifted into Hawke’s Bay Opera House Roof
March 2018 – Dismantling of the Opera House Plaza
A video, shot in June 2017, capturing our iconic Hawke’s Bay Opera House Precinct as it was ahead of strengthening work beginning can be viewed below.
Work to transform the Plaza into an all-weather space suitable to all kinds of events started in February 2018, with the removal of the etched glass panels along the front of the building. Each of these panels, sponsored by supporters of the project, have been carefully stored away for reinstatement. Next the columns within the Plaza were removed along with the retractable roof. Following on from this initial work, the recessed floor has been filled with shingle in order to provide a platform for a large crane to lift steel into the neighbouring Opera House Theatre roof. The crane will remain there for several months while this work is being completed.
The final design elements for the Plaza are being worked on between now and when the rebuilding phase starts mid-year. As requested by the community during the consultation processes in 2016, the Plaza will get its own new roof and upgrades to flooring, acoustics and lighting.
Hastings Municipal Buildings
Since the public consultation in 2016, Council staff have continued to have conversations with members of the art and cultural sector about the heritage-listed Municipal Building. The community-led Municipal Building Working Group was appointed in March 2017 to facilitate community consultation and reported back to Council in early September with a broad concept for the building. In February 2018 these initial concept designs were presented to the Sub Committee and were met with overwhelming support. Once the final concepts have been approved by Council, we will go out to the community for future consultation.