Theatre Royal restoration gears up

CHARLIE GATES
Last updated 15:18 19/02/2014
Theatre Royal
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MAJOR MILESTONE: Roofers at work on the Isaac Theatre Royal's new metal panels.

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The restoration of the Theatre Royal in Christchurch city centre reached a major milestone today with the new roof almost complete.

Metal roof panels were craned into place today as part of the $30 million restoration of the historic theatre.

The restoration is scheduled for completion by the middle of this year.

Once the roof is completed, the restored painted dome will be craned back to its rightful place above the new auditorium.

The shipping containers that supported the theatre's facade on Gloucester St have now been removed and the brickwork is being restored.

The facade is now supported by a new metal structure and special concrete installed behind the brickwork.

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