The preferred location for the new Waikato Regional Theatre has been announced as the Hamilton Hotel site on Victoria St, Hamilton, and community feedback is now being sought.
The image above shows the recommended location of the Waikato Regional Theatre. Markings also identify six areas from where the theatre would be visible. The Hamilton Hotel site is owned by the Plaw family.
A new theatre development would look to restore the facade of the old Hamilton Hotel, which is recognised as a heritage building. The site currently has a range of restaurants and bars and is bordered by Embassy Park (with the Riff Raff statue) on one side and Sapper Moore-Jones Place (formerly Marlborough Pl) on the other, and runs down to the river.
Momentum Waikato Community Foundation Chair Leonard Gardner says “This location will transform the region and city through recognising history, revitalising the CBD, supporting hospitality offerings, and enhancing connection with the Waikato River.”
Among the approximately 25 sites considered by Charcoalblue were Grantham St, Sonning Carpark (on River Rd) and Garden Place. The existing Founders site was carefully considered, as was the idea of utilising land at the University of Waikato, but the Hamilton Hotel site was deemed better able to achieve the goals of the community.
The concept design for the site and business case for the theatre will be formally presented to Hamilton City Council at its 24 August meeting and will then go out to public consultation.
Momentum Waikato is now encouraging people in our community to provide feedback on the preferred site. We invite you to download and review the Location Study Report and media release, and to complete the feedback form below.
You can also sign up for regular updates from Momentum Waikato, find out more about donating to the Waikato Regional Theatre, and express your interest in participating in Momentum Waikato’s community consultation sessions about the theatre concept design, which will take place across our region from September.
Click here to read our latest media announcement.