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Barry Brickell Memorial Stage takes shape

14 June 2018

Construction work is well underway on the Barry Brickell Memorial Stage in Coromandel Town,

The memorial stage and surrounds, in Hauraki Reserve, will provide a tribute to Barry Brickell (pictured below), the Coromandel potter, railway builder, conservationist and author who passed away in 2016. 

The performance stage will provide a new space to host events such as outdoor concerts.

The project is a collaboration between the Coromandel-Colville Community Board and the community, with the community partner being the Driving Creek Railway Arts and Conservation Trust.

The Community Board funded the consultation, design and planning requirements to consenting stage and approved the final design and budget for the stage last month.

Now, the stage is fast taking shape.  So far: The base framework for the 6m diameter stage has been set out and five shade poles have been erected - ready for the shade sail later in the month.  The next step is for the concrete to be poured, which should be done by the end of the month, but is of course weather-dependant. Lighting will be then be installed as the final step.

The work is being led by Kuaotunu-based Sayers Construction.

Local artists add their flair

Local artists John Madden, who came up with the original artistic concept (realised by Thames-Based Architect Rob Johnston), and Driving Creek Railway's Pete Sephton are involved with the project and will add their local artistic flair to the finishing concrete work. See above for an artists impression of the finished stage.

Driving Creek Railway has donated 12 small gauge train wheels that will be incorporated into the stage design, complete with LED lighting, which is intended to be in place in time for the Illume festival on the weekend of July 14.

Coromandel Community Board Chairman Peter Pritchard says the memorial stage is an exciting project and it's great to see the stage being built so quickly.

"The Barry Brickell Memorial Stage will be a valuable asset to the community and heritage values of our town," Mr Pritchard says.

You can read more about the work of Barry Brickell, pictured below, here