TSB Arena to get a spruce up

KATIE CHAPMAN
Last updated 05:00 20/03/2014

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The TSB Bank Arena is in line for a spruce-up.

Council-owned company Positively Wellington Venues, which runs the arena, is asking Wellington City Council to include about $1 million in its next budget to help refresh the exterior of the arena and  Shed 6.

Shed 6 opened as a conference and event centre last year after $6.9m was spent on it and the arena  to help compensate for the loss of the Town Hall, which is closed due to earthquake risk.

 PWV  chief executive Glenys Coughlan said the project had focused on the interior of the buildings, and had created a venue that was being well used and was attracting new events to Wellington.

The new application was designed to make the outside match the inside and give the buildings a general ‘‘spruce-up’’, she said.

‘‘It’s time to give it all a bit of a facelift and just make it a venue complex that just has a look and feel to it.’’

The works would include a paint job, improving the southern end with a covered entranceway to Shed 6 and better decking and amphitheatre seating, and allowing for a marquee to be put up in Frank Kitts Park.

‘‘That will just get everything ship-shape in terms of external finish. Let’s make the outside look as good as the inside.’’

There would also be improvement to the kitchen and toilets, she said.

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