Q for Auckland

Q Theatre opened this weekend with a special ‘open’ day for Aucklanders to come and see the newest addition to the theatre scene in Auckland. The new performance art space is located next to Auckland Town Hall.

The project consisted of a refurbishment and a new build theatre that can accommodate up to 450 theatre-goers. It has taken some time to complete, but the results are worth it. From the new precast concrete cladding to the lovely interior which combines new elements with as much of the historical elements as possible, it is a great example of how a refurbishment ought to look.

Strengthening the Christchurch Arts Centre against Earthquakes

By Juanita Copeland, TV 3 News

One of the biggest repair jobs after the Christchurch earthquake is to fix a heavy stone turret at the Arts Centre, which suffered $25 million worth of damage. Today a crane lowered the turret to the ground where it will undergo repairs that could last well into 2012.

From before dawn a team of structural engineers bolted, tweaked, checked and double checked the turret. Then, six hours later, two sections of the 128-year-old stone structure parted and a 100 tonne crane lowered it to the ground.

“We haven’t got much room to spare up there, everything’s within a few millimetres of where it has to be,” says John Hare, of the Holmes Consulting Group. Read more