Arts Centre CE West Theatre Restoration

Work commenced in late 2016 to restore another wing of the Christchurch Arts Centre, with the repaired buildings set to reopen in 2018. The buildings will house a two-screen arthouse cinema, shared office space, a new restaurant and subsidised apartments for writers, scientists and artists.

The project to restore the West Lecture building, which formerly housed the Free Theatre and five apartments, involves strengthening the building with a reinforced concrete skin wall on the inside of the façade, and new concrete floors to provide bracing.

The Arts Centre was badly damaged in the February 2011 earthquakes. The restoration of the historic complex was expected to cost about $290 million and take many years.

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Key project facts and awards

Client: The Arts Centre of Christchurch Trust
Commenced: November 2016

Key project facts and awards

Client: The Arts Centre of Christchurch Trust
Commenced: November 2016