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Work on seismic strengthening and refurbishment of the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre is expected to start in the first half of 2019 following detailed design work now underway. The category one heritage building had to be closed last November when a seismic assessment identified it was earthquake prone. This coincided with the completion of a detailed business case for a refurbishment to optimise the use of the venue, following community engagement and consultation.
Artists impression of the concept design for the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre
“We will have a fantastic building where our local performing arts groups can showcase their talents, and a facility that will enable Rotorua to attract many of the top quality touring shows from around the country and internationally,” -Rotorua Lakes Council Arts and Culture Manager Stewart Brown.