Lawson Field Concept

About the project

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About the project

In 2011 following the Christchurch earthquakes, we had a building assessment done on the Lawson Field Theatre. The assessment found it was earthquake prone under IL3 standards.

The Lawson Field Theatre needs to be earthquake strengthened and refurbished as a result of the assessment.

In addition to the strengthening, we're taking the opportunity to improve the facilities such as the roofing and the exterior cladding, improve drainage, install a firewall between Council's administration building, renovate the back of house toilet and shower facilities, and theatre systems such as lighting and pulley systems.

Council have committed $1.10m to the project in the 2015-2025 Long Term Plan which in 2014, Council thought would be enough. No additional funding will however be required from Council as all further funding required are being raised externally with the assistance of the War Memorial Theatre Trust. The Trust was successful in obtaining a $1m grant from Eastland Community Trust towards the earthquake strengthening.


March 2018 - no tenders were submitted for the construction following the open tender process during February. As a result we're seeking tenders from a small number of contractors who have subsequently expressed an interest in providing pricing.
Following evaluation of the tenders and subject to funding, we'll seek approval for construction.

Preliminary designs

Lawson Field Theatre Upgrade Preliminary Designs

Theatre background 

The Lawson Field Theatre was built in 1983 and has a design life of 50 years. The Rose Room was later added to provide a conference/reception area. The theatre design is relatively modern and provides versatile performance space for smaller intimate theatre performances, conventions, conferences, seminars and social functions.

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