Public Architecture Award 2010, National Heritage Award 2011, New Zealand Institute of Architects
Excellence in the Restoration, Conservation and Continued Use of Historic Buildings and Structures Award, 2009, Historic Places Trust, NZ (and other awards).
This 100-year-old Edwardian lyric theatre was nearly derelict until restored and upgraded to a contemporary standard proscenium theatre. Sensitive earthquake structuring, façade stonework and interior restoration fo heritage areas combined with forming a new 110 seat studio theatre and enlarged foyer facilities in the former Council office frontage. A new backstage wing provides dressing room and support facilities, and new engineering and theatrical services were inserted throughout. Innovative design enabled the original stagehouse to be retained, to the delight of Historic Places Trust.