Design Concept Phase Started

Full funding has been secured for the Design Concept Phase, and this started last week. The Governance Panel will continue to oversee works to make sure we provide the best options for a world-class theatre.   

Our theatre design consultants Charcoalblue have formed a team of local and international experts and consultants to create more detailed concepts which will include floor plans and elevations, and will take into consideration feedback from the public and stakeholders on the Feasibility Study.

We were delighted to host Andy Hayles, Charcoalblue’s London Managing Partner in October. Andy presented to a Waikato Chamber of Commerce breakfast showcasing some of the projects he and the team of theatre design experts have worked on over the years, including a few upcoming projects. Find his presentation below.

Community Feedback Sessions

The feedback sessions from around the region went very well.  With support from the Creative Waikato Team and the Stakeholder Agency we received feedback from just over 200 people in the region about the concept proposed in the Stage One Feasibility Study. 

User groups, patrons and ratepayers commented on all aspects of the recommendations made public in a Feasibility Report in August.  Topics such as functionality, accessibility, location, and benefits to the wider community were discussed, along with many more. The feedback will feed into the design concept teams work, and be reviewed and considered in this stage of the design process. The summary report can be found below if you would like to review the feedback.

Funding Partners and Community Donors

On 14 December Hamilton City Council will make a decision on the inclusion of the Waikato Regional Theatre in the Long Term Plan (LTP). The LTP will go to public consultation in March. 

By the end of March  we need to have confidence we have sufficient community funds and sponsorship pledged to enable the Theatre to become a reality. We are happy to say that joining Trust Waikato, and their grant of $15 Million, we have some key leadership donors on board. We will be meeting more donors in the new year to provide more information about the project and ways to support

We know that transformational change will only happen if donors and the community get in behind this project. If you are interested in joining us on this journey please have a look here for more details or contact Lisa directly on 07 834 0404 or


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