About the Town Hall strengthening project

Wellington Town Hall is set for strengthening and upgrades in one of the most complex construction projects in New Zealand for years.

Revised road layout for Wakefield Street

We are working on a revised road layout for Wakefield Street in the vicinity of Wellington Town Hall.

More information about this layout will be released at a later date, and opportunities will be available to provide feedback.

If you have any questions, contact us at townhallproject@wcc.govt.nz

View from Civic Square of Wellington Town Hall, as it looks in 2013.

Wellington Town Hall from Civic Square


The Grade 1 listed building is more than a century old. It was closed to the public in 2013 because it was earthquake prone. By law it must be either demolished or strengthening must be underway by the end of 2019. Demolition is not an option because of its heritage status.

When it re-opens it will be a world-class musical and recording venue with improved rehearsal and performance space. It will be a base for civic and community events and part of a centre of musical excellence for New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) and Victoria University of Wellington’s New Zealand School of Music Te Kōkī. 

The estimated costs of the work is $112.4 million plus a contingency allowance.

Current status

Construction work on the strengthening of the Town Hall started in April 2019.

Nayor Love was appointed as the main construction contractor in April 2019.

The Council approved an increase in funding for the Town Hall strengthening project in February 2019 ($112.4 million plus contingency).

Council agenda including paper on Welllington Town Hall strengthening (11.5MB PDF)

The plan of work

Alternative venues while the town hall is closed

For information about alternative venues while the Town Hall is upgraded, call our Contact Centre on 04 499 4444.

More information

Bede Crestani
Project Manager, Build Wellington
Phone: 04 495 7823
Email: buildwellington@wcc.govt.nz