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The St James Theatre of Wellington has a storied history, seeing immediate success after its initial construction in 1912 and then gradually falling into disrepair in the 1970s. By the 1980s, there were calls for the theatre's demolition, but advocacy groups lobbied to retain the building before it was eventually restored and brought back to its former glory in 1997. 

Engineering reports in 2015 suggested that earthquake strengthening was required. Bartons were earmarked to help undertake infrastructure upgrades, with the teams already having worked together during the construction of the Tiakiwai Conference Centre at the National Library.


In 1992 Bartons Sound Systems installed the first site-wide PA system in Eden Park for the inaugural Cricket World Cup. NZ did not win the CWC this time but Bartons certainly did, and since then we have built new PA systems as old grandstands have been demolished. Eden Park has been entirely rebuilt with the largest development, The South Stand, completed in 2010 in time for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Along with this building redevelopment, new PA systems have been designed and built to match the architectural features and to keep Eden Park equipped with the latest audio technology.


Bartons Sound Systems initial contract at the Auckland International Airport started in 1997 with the Terminal Expansion Stage II. This included a new check-in counter building on the Eastern part of the Jean Batten International Terminal. This work also included the addition of a new PA control System, an Altec Lansing AMSYS. Since then new areas have been added and other areas refurbished. Most of the PA equipment is now Bosch and this includes, since 2006, combined PA Evacuation (EWS) systems. Due to our high quality PA designs and construction standards, Bartons Sound Systems are the preferred contractor for PA equipment installation and maintenance at Auckland International Airport and we hope this continues.



Part of ongoing city-wide transport infrastructure installations and upgrades.


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