Centre of the city

The toilets have also been updated.
The toilets have also been updated.
A Dunedin Town Hall gallery passage resplendent in cream, greys and red.
A Dunedin Town Hall gallery passage resplendent in cream, greys and red.
A rosy glow presides over the refurbished Dunedin Town Hall.
A rosy glow presides over the refurbished Dunedin Town Hall.
The new stairwell at the Glenroy.
The new stairwell at the Glenroy.
The outdoor roof terrace is available for functions.
The outdoor roof terrace is available for functions.
The function area beside the roof terrace.
The function area beside the roof terrace.
The soloists' dressing room in the town hall.
The soloists' dressing room in the town hall.
The council chamber in the Municipal Chambers.
The council chamber in the Municipal Chambers.
The main entrance and lobby of the town hall, where it was decided to leave exposed original...
The main entrance and lobby of the town hall, where it was decided to leave exposed original flooring discovered during the redevelopment.
One of the many ''theatre boxes'', from which audio, visual and eletrical functions can be...
One of the many ''theatre boxes'', from which audio, visual and eletrical functions can be controlled.
New seating in the town hall gallery.
New seating in the town hall gallery.
The Glenroy Auditorium.
The Glenroy Auditorium.

After nearly three years of work to bring it up to international convention and performance centre standards, the Dunedin Centre, comprising the now-linked Dunedin Town Hall, Glenroy Auditorium and Municipal Chambers, is back open for business.

The Dunedin City Council has to date (the final wash-up is yet to be done) spent $43 million on the redevelopment of the centre, which Mayor Dave Cull has called ''an events centrepiece for our city''.

While many of the improvements are not visible to the eye, changes in lighting, air-conditioning, structures, service access and amenities are promised to provide an overall better experience and attract top level conferences and performers to the city.

Earlier this week the Otago Daily Times had one of the first looks at what ratepayers are getting for their money. Photos by Gerard O'Brien.

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