The restoration of Christchurch Town Hall, the city’s premier performing arts and civic facility, is expected to be completed in mid-2018.
As part of a three-year 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 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 $127.5 million has been budgeted for the restoration.
This mostly comes from an insurance claim of $69million. Christchurch City Council has contributed $58.5million, which is the total cost to ratepayers.
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.
Mid-2018: Restoration due to be completed.