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Wellington stakeholders commit to new CBD art and music centre Wellington’s Town Hall is on track to be reopened and restored with a new plan for earthquake strengthening, the Wellington City Council (WCC) announced two weeks ago. Now Victoria University of Wellington and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) have come up with plans up to raise $30 million to create an innovative music and arts centre in Civic Square. The creative quarter would feature dynamic architecture that links a rede-

veloped Town Hall to adjacent buildings, which would provide a permanent central city home for Victoria’s New Zealand School of Music (NZSM) and the NZSO. The first stage of the project is underway as the WCC has committed to the seismic strengthening of the Town Hall and design work. The plan lays out a new design for the Town Hall that will include earthquake strengthening to 100 per cent of the building code. Extensive testing will be carried out

before construction begins, and the town hall will be rebuilt and ready to reopen in 2021. “The Town Hall is a world class performance venue, and it’s been the site of some of Wellington’s most significant cultural performances,” Wellington Mayor Justin Lester said. Council’s previous plan to restore the venue called for an expenditure of $58.5 million for the project, but the mayor said that figure had risen after the subsequent earthquakes and would be closer to $85 million, with another $5 million already budgeted for. The second stage to creating a CBD music and arts centre would include extensive redevelopment of the Municipal Office Building to accommodate NZSM

and NZSO and link the building to the town hall and Civic Square. Money raised in the fundraising campaign, which is chaired by former Wellington Mayor Kerry Prendergast, will contribute to the cost of the second stage of the new centre, which is scheduled to open in 2021. Mr Lester supported the fundraising campaign: “I encourage everyone in the community to get behind this campaign, which will strengthen Wellington’s status as the cultural capital of New Zealand and provide our city with an exciting new attraction.”  Find out more about the fundraising campaign at victoria.ac.nz/creative-quarter or submit memories about the Town Hall at mytownhall.co.nz. SELF SERVICE

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