Christchurch Town Hall, the city's premier performing arts and civic facility, is being restored.

As part of the conservation project, which began in June 2015, the Town Hall's auditorium, entrance foyer, James Hay Theatre and the Limes Room are being restored. The former Boaters restaurant is also being rebuilt.

The restoration is due to be completed in the third quarter of 2018. Christchurch City Council has agreed in principle to replace the damaged Cambridge Room with a purpose-built facility for the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. This is a separate project within the main restoration project and is expected to be completed in early 2019.

Vbase, the venue management company that operates the Town Hall, expects to be able to confirm the Town Hall's opening date in early 2018.

The Town Hall is being strengthened to 100 per cent of the New Building Standard and significantly refurbished, ensuring it is a modern, world-class facility that can be enjoyed for many years to come. A total of $133.1 million has been budgeted for the restoration.

Two time-lapse cameras have been installed to provide a glimpse of the work underway at the Town Hall, one inside the auditorium and a second outside facing the northern elevation (Kilmore Street).

See what's happening at the Town Hall(external link)

June 2017 update

The Council has celebrated reaching the two-year mark in the Town Hall restoration project.

Major restoration milestones

  • June 2015: The Council decides to go ahead with full restoration of the Town Hall. Construction begins.

  • January 2016: Major concrete works, which involves a thick concrete slab being laid over the new foundations to help bring the building up to 100 per cent of New Building Standard, begin.

  • June 2016: Significant foundation work is completed. A technique known as jet grouting, which saw more than 1100 jet grout columns (large concrete piles) injected eight metres into the ground, began in November 2015.

  • March 2017: Re-levelling of the Limes Room, which overlooks Victoria Square, is completed.

  • January 2017: Installation of new building services – including plumbing, lighting, heating and ventilation – begins.

  • December 2017: Major concrete works due to be completed.

  • Third quarter 2018: Restoration due to be completed.