Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Hamilton’s Embassy Park development to include Rocky Horror-themed Pavilion

Hamilton’s Embassy Park development to include Rocky Horror-themed Pavilion
June 9, 2016

A new Rocky Horror-themed Pavilion and a chandelier recreating a feature of the former Embassy Theatre's foyer will be installed in Hamilton’s Riff Raff Square as the second stage of the Embassy Park redevelopment project.

The Embassy Park Working Group of the Riff Raff Public Art Trust has raised approximately $200,000 in funding and in-kind support to pay for the new work. The major sponsors are the Brian Perry Charitable Trust, the WEL Energy Trust, Fosters Maintain, Paua Architects and Hamilton City Council.

The ongoing redevelopment of Embassy Park is part of three important projects for the Council – the Central City Transformation Plan and its subsequent Laneways Plan, and the River Plan. Via the popular river paths, Embassy Park also connects to another central city project, the development of the Victoria on the River site.

The Pavilion will replace the existing toilet block with Rocky Horror-themed toilets in a bright red converted shipping container, and a ‘Green Room’ for street performers and musicians.

Local metal sculptor Marti Wong, The Trons robot rock band creator Greg Locke and ACLX Lighting's Aaron Chesham have contributed their skills and knowledge to the creation of two gargoyles, Frank N. Furter's Gadget Box and the chandelier.

Project Manager Mark Servian, who commissioned the Riff Raff Statue in 2004, explained “we're really excited to be finally getting these critical elements of the Embassy Park redevelopment installed.

"Public toilets, especially ones that have been given a creative treatment, are much more complicated to organise than public art!"

"We are expecting Frank N. Furter's Gadget Box and the Embassy Foyer Chandelier to make Riff Raff Square into an even more interesting and amusing place to visit and hang out. The Riff Raff Statue is Hamilton's most internationally popular public art work, and we intend to make Embassy Park the greatest little park in New Zealand.”

The next project is a performance stage for the back of Riff Raff Square and the creation of a new destination ceremonial space at the bottom of the park, with future goals including a Proscenium Arch to further celebrate the Embassy Theatre.

This stage of the park redevelopment includes a very colourful new Rocky Horror-themed planting plan, designed by Wintec landscaping students as a class assignment and put into place once the Pavilion and chandelier are in situ.

Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardaker welcomed the next phase of the development of the park, which is located in the central city's busy hospitality and entertainment precinct, adding “the redevelopment of Embassy Park and home of Riff Raff is an exciting project for Hamilton and is included in the Central City Transformation Plan as part of the transformation of laneways in the central city.

"The Embassy Park Working Group has done a fantastic job of gathering community and financial support and getting this project done. This next stage will be a major part of the transformation of this space into a true reflection of the Rocky Horror Show and a great tribute to our own Richard O’Brien.”

The Embassy Park Working Group is made up of local business owners and artists who came together in 2013 after Australian public places expert and social thinker David Engwicht called for a community effort to develop the park following public concern over anti-social behaviour in the area.

Images: The  Riff Raff Square concept (top) and Hamilton's Riff Raff statue (below).

1st April 2016 - HAMILTON CITY COUNCIL TO LET THE COMMUNITY DECIDE THE FUTURE OF THE FOUNDERS THEATRE

17th November 2015 - EVANZ ANNOUNCES 2015 INDUSTRY AWARDS FINALISTS

1st September 2014 - HAMILTON TO RATIONALISE THEATRES FROM THREE TO ONE

18th July 2013 - RICHARD O’BRIEN RETURNS TO CHRISTCHURCH TO BACK FUNDRAISING FOR ISAAC THEATRE ROYAL REBUILD


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Summit Fitness

Summit Fitness Equipment is now part of NovoFit - see www.ausleisure.com.au/suppliers/novofit/

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Technology / Wellness

 
 

BH Fitness

BH Fitness, part of the long-standing and iconic bike manufacturer BH Group, is a global leader in fitness equipment for both Commercial and Home markets. The company, with the headquarters based in…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Sport / Technology / Wellness

 
 

GLADSTONE MRM

Gladstone Health & Leisure (Gladstone MRM Pty Ltd Australia) is a leading supplier of leisure management and fitness software and is endorsed by leading health and fitness professionals and…

read more

Access / Billing / Fitness / Technology / Venues

 
 

Quayclean

Quayclean are a national cleaning and waste services partner with proven results in the understanding and delivery of cleaning needs and challenges faced by facilities including; major venues and…

read more

Aquatics / Hospitality / Surfaces / Venues

 
 

GEOFF NINNES FONG AND PARTNERS

Geoff Ninnes Fong & Partners (GNFP) is a structural, aquatic and civil engineering consultancy with broad experience in the design of new municipal and institutional swimming pools, hydrotherapy…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Design / Venues

 
 

Otium Planning Group

Otium Planning Group is a contemporary sport and leisure consultancy providing services in planning, facility development, management and funding for the sport, recreation and leisure industries…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Venues

 
 

Altitude Training Systems

ATS are global leaders in altitude training and research. From mask systems and inflatable tents to simulated altitude facilities, we help all athletes gain the competitive edge. Our…

read more

Fitness / Sport / Technology

 
 

ProSlide Technology

ProSlide is the global leader in water ride design and manufacturing, supplying high-performance water attractions to new and expanding water parks around the world. For over three decades, ProSlide…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Waterparks

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business