ASB Theatre


Marlborough Civic Theatre Trust



Project Typology:

New Build

Date Completed:


Significant Stats:

96no. 18m screw piles were required for this build. The building has a concrete basement including lift pits below. Concrete foundations and floors with concrete tilt slab wall panels with areas of warm roof, and steel and timber diaphragm roofs.

Construction was very technical due to the clear heights that we had to work with, in some instances more that 22m in height (basement floor to fly tower soffit) and a very complex arrangement for services including the mechanical air supply and extract system which is integrated into the fire detection, sprinkler and evacuation system and lift.

The interior has a high level of finishing as you would expect in a performing arts theatre, including the acoustic baffles, wooden acoustic ‘curtains’ and the finishing in the other large spaces, for example in the Whitehaven Room and the entrance.

This is a building that not only the audiences love coming to, but that performers and support crews on the stage, back of house, lighting and the orchestra love performing at and being a part of. A fantastic asset to the community.


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Tight timeframe, confined site in CBD, piling and foundations/ tanking on riverbank being a high water table area. Integration of services trades.


High standard of workmanship on beautifully finished building.

Open to public for the first show which was booked months in advance.

Proportion of Resources:

Robinson Construction as main contractor delivered the Overall Project Management and the traditional Concrete, Carpentry and Finishing trades.

Using subcontractors for Structural Steel, Roofing, Electrical, Hydraulic, Mechanical, Fire Services, Joinery and Painting.

Key Personnel:

Nick Robinson/Mark Watson (Project Managers)

Julian Morris (Site Manager)

Phil Robinson (QS)

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