After years of planning and fundraising the Kapiti Performing Arts Centre is finally taking shape and with it another drive for support from the local community.
The $10million centre is the most significant new public building project for Kāpiti in years with two theatres seating up to 500 guests, classrooms, a dance studio and a large multi-purpose foyer.
Kapiti Performing Arts Group chair Cas Carter says there has been renewed interest in supporting the venue since building has started.
“People want to support something significant, that is local, they’ll have their names on something that will be around for generations to come.
Now that most of the large panels have been constructed and erected we are getting a surge in interest in seat and room sponsorship
I think a lot of people are starting to realise the significance of this venue for the whole community. Its far more than just a College facility, it is a venue available for the whole community which is why Kapiti District Council and Lotteries have supported it.
We’ve also received fantastic support from community groups such as the Paraparaumu Rotary Club, Lions and the Kapiti Music Centre as well as Goodmans and Coastlands sponsoring the main theatre.
We still need more organisations, businesses and families to support us. We have just under $800,000 to raise and we are currently running another campaign where people can sponsor a seat, a room or the whole centre. We’ve sold well over half of the seat sponsorships already.
Ms Carter says a delay in the steel arriving held up the construction after the foundations were laid but now locals have been watching the building going up rapidly.
“The steel portals will all be up over the next week and then the seating slabs will arrive and the rear of the theatre will be closed in. We expect the roof on by the end of the year.”
Erecting the building has been complicated by height restrictions for the crane as the building is in the wider airport fly path.
“Our builders have been working with airport authorities to minimise disruption but because of the flights, the crane has had to be idle sometimes during the day.’
The Centre is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2019.
“We’ve already had numerous enquiries from artists throughout New Zealand who want to perform here. The Kapiti Performing Arts Centre will be of an international standard and we will be actively marketing it as a venue to both New Zealand and international acts. “
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The concrete panels are being put up at the same time as the steel framing, a method which is time saving and a cost effective process for the build,” Kāpiti Performing Arts Centre committee member Sonja Williams said.
The time frame for the walls being erected is six to eight weeks and the roof which will be completed next is a more complex architectural build, taking a longer time to complete.
“Onlookers will be amazed at how fast the structure will come together.”
“It’s great to see this finally happening,” Kāpiti College principal Tony Kane said.
“It will be fantastic when the community will be able to get on and use the building.”
Expected to be open by the end of next year, the centre is the most significant new public building project for Kāpiti in years and will be a welcome addition to Kāpiti’s family of venues, he said.
The venue offers two performance theatres seating up to 500 guests, classrooms, rehearsal and dance spaces, and a box office.
State-of-the-art sound, lighting, and eco-friendly design will make the centre the foremost leading-edge performance facility in Kāpiti.
This community venue will be a place to showcase the large variety of performing arts found locally, and from further afield.
As the centre grows it will provide a space for the performing arts community to perform, share knowledge, grow innovative future leaders and continue to strengthen a safe, healthy and thriving community.
“It will take contributions from the whole Kāpiti community to raise this performing arts centre child,” said Sonja.
“Fundraising is ongoing to complete the centre with opportunities to contribute as a seat sponsor, as a named sponsor with naming rights for several of the spaces, and for the whole facility itself still available.
“Donations are always welcomed.