Sep 26 2016
Behind ASB North Wharf on the corner of Madden and Halsey streets, a very special project is well on its way. The construction of the ASB Waterfront Theatre is running to schedule for a late 2016 opening date.
This project involves the construction of a 660 seat theatre. The Theatre is being constructed by Hawkins Construction and will have a 5 Green Start rating.
26 September 2016
The ASB Waterfront Theatre had its official opening on Thursday 22 September and there was a well-attended public open day on the 24 September. The magnificent Robert Jahnke Pou has been installed in the Central Courtyard. International artist Leo Villareal programmed the significant LED artwork on the Eastern facade. The first performance of Billy Elliot is on the 7 October.
12 September 2016
The ASB Waterfront Theatre has will have an official opening on Thursday 22nd September with a public open day of free events on 24 September from 10am to 2pm. In that week the theatre will host a series of functions to celebrate its opening.
The theatre’s café is now open to the public so please come in.
29 August 2016
The Auckland Theatre Company have their official opening of the Theatre on 22 September. There will be a public open day on 24 September! Don’t miss your chance to see behind the scenes , and the areas of the Theatre that are normally closed off from public access. Preparations are underway for the performance of their opening production of the hit musical Billy Elliot. You can book your seats here.
Auckland Theatre Company has numerous trades people onsite completing the fit out and installing the fine detailing of what is a marvellous new theatre for the people of Auckland.
15 August 2016
The Auckland Theatre Company are on track to officially open the Theatre on 22 September. The Theatre will be opening their doors to the public on 24 September with a public open day. Don’t miss your chance to see behind the scenes, and the areas of the Theatre that are normally closed off for public access. Preparations are underway for the performance of our opening production the hit musical Billy Elliot.
In terms of construction and fit out work, the Stage Fly system is half way built (see photo). The ASB Waterfront Theatre sign is now in place on the roof top and Hawkins Construction are completing some finishing work. The Theatre has many trades people onsite completing the fit out and installing some of the fine details of what is a remarkable new theatre for the people of Auckland.
1 August 2016
Hawkins Construction have now completed the construction of the Theatre. The Theatre has been handed over to the Auckland Theatre Company and the final fit out is underway. The Theatre is an exceptional building and is a wonderful asset for Auckland.
The Theatre is planning public open days at the end of September with its first production early October 2016. Watch this space for further information.
20 July 2016
This will re-open the street frontage not only in that section of Halsey Street but also the gantries along the street in front of Site 7 as well.
This will mean foot traffic will no longer be restricted to the harbour side of the street.
We look forward to their first production soon.
4 July 2016
The Theatre will be an exciting new addition to the Wynyard Quarter and we look forward to its official opening and its first production.
More news on that soon.
29 March 2016
Fit out of the internal structure of the theatre continues. All the new jib walling has been put in place. Acoustically designed ceiling and wall panels in the theatre chamber are being installed. The platform on which the theatre seating will be placed is also nearing completion. Finished areas and structures on the stage and behind the curtains are now being painted black so they are not visible during performances.
Works to the external area surrounding the theatre are to commence soon. The Southern footpath area side has been handed over to Hawkins Infrastructure to complete. Towards the end of April we will be starting paving works on the Halsey Street side of the building.
14 March 2016
Fit out of the internal structure of the Theatre continues. External works to the ASB access lane will be starting soon. Hawkins Infrastructure are working in Madden Street up to the façade of the Theatre and will be re-instating the footpath. The Theatre loading bay is continued to be accessed off Halsey Street.
15 February 2016
Work continues to complete the façade. The timber bleachers have been installed. Ceiling and wall framing work and concrete floor grinding has started.
The canopy framing for the bridge that links the ASB and the Theatre is being installed.
UPCOMING & IMPACTING WORKS
We will start to install the Theatres internal lifting platform mid Feb
You will notice that the scaffold will be removed via the north gate
The work on the link bridge between the Theatre and ASB will continue
Works to the southern façade are ongoing
The Hawkins Construction site hut will be moved over the next two weeks, into the Theatre itself.
3 February 2016
Façade completion works continue. Internal Gib linings underway and waterproofing membrane being installed. Ceilings are being framed
UPCOMING & IMPACTING WORKS
- Lifting platform install is mid Feb
- The scaffold removal is booked for Saturday via north gate
- The link bridge programme is ready for issue
- The south façade scaffold and completion works ongoing
- External site works early next month
- Western Lane site works being started
- Halsey street pedestrian access is being discussed
- Site relocation is for the end of February
15 January 2016
The roof dilapidation has been completed.
Work continues to install the bridge that links the Theatre and ASB.
A crane is to be established in between the ASB and Theatre buildings to enable lifting of materials to roof.
Building of the internal structure continues.
20 December 2015
Upper level scaffold for the lantern has been removed. Lower
level scaffold on south face to be removed over next week. Waterproofing work to the flytower roof continues.
Internal works continue. A new loading bay is to be established on the northern façade, accessed through the ASB laneway. The loading bays on Halsey Street and Madden Street are to be removed early 2016. The cladding for the link bridge that links the new theatre and ASB will be installed prior to Christmas.
4 December 2015
Work to external façade nearing completion with upper level scaffold to be removed over next week. Waterproofing work to the flytower roof continues.
Internal and external painting of the steel continues as does the cedar façade carpentry to the west and south. A new loading bay is to be established on the northern façade, accessed through the ASB laneway. The bridge that links the new theatre and ASB will be installed prior to Christmas.
20 November 2015
Over the last week work on the façade (including cedar cladding and curtain walling), the roof and building structure has been progressed. Scaffold around the fly tower and the steel frame to link the Theatre to the ASB Building has been erected. Work on these elements will continue over the next few weeks.
6 November 2015
Over the last week work on the façade (including cedar cladding and curtain walling), the roof and building structure has been progressed. Scaffold around the fly tower and the steel frame to link the Theatre to the ASB Building has been erected. The fly tower scaffold will be shrink wrapped over the next week prior to glazing being installed. Work on these elements will continue over the next few weeks.
Currently 70 per cent of the project’s structural steel work is complete. Concrete for the performance stage has been poured and the theatre auditorium will follow shortly. Similarly the insitu concrete walls and the blockwork walls on the ground floor are complete. Fifty per cent of the precast panels have been erected and the metal tray-dec formwork has been laid to levels three and four of the building. The theatre roof was assembled on the Hawkins construction site and lifted into location in three large sections. See the video here of the roof getting lifted here.
The top sections of the fly tower are also underway, a distinct shape will start to bring the theatre to life. While Auckland Theatre Company will be the anchor tenant, the venue will be available for national and international companies such as Royal New Zealand Ballet, Black Grace Dance Company and New Zealand Opera.
Auckland Theatre Company and their contractor Hawkins are now five months into the 20 month build period of the ASB Waterfront Theatre and have made some wonderful progress already.
The Moana Pacific Fisheries building was dismantled late last year and by January the site was completely cleared. Throughout February and March the pilings were placed, some going as far as 18 metres into the ground, and work on the foundations began. Currently, the foundations are around 60% complete and the team are finishing up the under-slab drainage.
As of late March, we began to see vertical progress as the structural steel work got underway. The first phase of which, the inner section of the fly tower, is now complete and the second section was delivered in late April. The blockwork and concrete walls for the ground floor are also under construction this month.
The ASB Waterfront Theatre is running to schedule looking towards the late 2016 opening date and the creative team at Auckland Theatre Company are already beginning to brainstorm ideas for their inaugural show.