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Dunedin - Dunedin Town Hall Redevelopment

The civic project was completed in 3 stages with stages 2 and 3 running concurrently. Stage 1 starting June 2010 and finishing March 2011, Stage 2 starting April 2011 and finishing April 2013 and Stage 3 starting December 2011 and finishing April 2013.

Stage 1 included the strengthening and upgrade of the Municipal Chambers from a dated facility to a state the art facility.

Stage 2 was originally to change the Glenroy Theatre from it existing use to a more multi-user facility. Towards the projected start date of this stage it was realised that what was designed no longer reflected how the client foresaw this building being used. An extensive redesign was undertaken of this facility which extended out the start date and completion dates for this part of the development as well the completion date for the overall project. This redesign meant the world renowned features of this building remained in tact while the additional features including the linking of the building to the Municipal Chambers and Town Hall remained in the plans. A considerable saving was also made to the budget with this redesign.

Stage 3 was the main bulk of the project which included a complete overhaul of the Town Hall building whilst maintaining the historic features of the venue. Strengthening was carried out along with the introduction of sprinklers throughout along with completely new services to the entire building. A massive excavation to the basement area was required to add additional space for all the new services along with additional back of house space for all the extras required when turning this building into a state of the art conferencing and performance centre. With the age of the building significant hurdles had to be overcome often at pace to keep up with the very tight programme. It was important to keep up with this programme so the venue could re-open as soon as possible.

The project was completed on time and well under budget which considering the amount of unknowns encountered was a major achievement for the project team. This could only successfully have happened with a fully co-operative team in place from the client, through the design team, builder and our subcontractors and suppliers.

Job Specification

  • Project Value: $32.5m
  • Contract Period: 33.5 months
  • Client: Dunedin City Council
  • Project Manager: Octa Associates
  • Quantity Surveyor: George and Sons
  • Architect: Opus Architects
  • Structural Engineer: Hadley and Robinson


  • Robert Clark 03 477 4000 - DCC
  • David Booth 03 474 5231 - Octa Associates