Shed 6 Upgrade on Track

7 May 2013

Work is well under way to strengthen and upgrade Shed 6 on the waterfront as a multipurpose events venue.

Workman outside Shed 6.

Shed 6 is being turned into a new venue

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Shed 6 will stand in for the Town Hall once it closes for scheduled major earthquake-strengthening work later this year.

The Council’s Earthquake Resilience Manager, Neville Brown, says the strengthening and upgrade of the Town Hall – one of the Capital’s main venues for hosting events – is very much needed.

“This 108-year-old masonry building hasn’t been upgraded since minor strengthening more than 20 years ago – so it’s clearly at risk in the event of a major earthquake. However using methods such as base isolation, we’re going to bring this beautiful heritage building up to 140 percent of the new building standard.”

Work on the Town Hall is expected to take about three years.

To help cater for events that would have been hosted at the Town Hall, Shed 6 is being refitted using a clever design that will give the city a versatile new venue for:

  • music concerts and arts performances – with a 14 x 8m stage and theatre seating up to 966 people (1050 standing)
  • conferences – with seating for 460 people along with three large break-out spaces
  • smaller events – moving the walls and retracting the seating will allow the venue to be split into four separate smaller spaces.

The new design also connects Shed 6 to the nearby TSB Arena to give combined access to backstage areas, toilets, and bar and kitchen facilities.

Ramps will be installed for ease of access between the different spaces, and new entrances and exits provided at both ends of the building.

The revamped Shed 6 is on track to open in late August.