Aotea Centre

The Aotea Centre, designed by architect Ewen Wainscott and opened in 1990, is located in the heart of Auckland.

Managed by Regional Facilities Auckland, this multi-functional performing arts and events centre is home to New Zealand’s largest tiered auditorium, a black box theatre, function rooms, and BOX Café and Bar. The centre hosts a wide variety of arts companies including the New Zealand Opera and the Royal New Zealand Ballet, as well as events that include live music and large conventions that come to the city.

The Challenge

The phased development to refurbish the centre began in 2013 to include two theatres - the 2139-seat ASB Theatre and the smaller 186-seat Herald Theatre.

The current phase, which started in 2018, focused on modernising the exterior and upgrading the interior with an open design and expansive foyers, while also updating the HVAC System to offer simultaneous heating and cooling for the best internal comfort.

The Solution

The new shared services central plant incorporates four Climaveneta ERACS2 Q XL-CA Multi-Function Heat Pump Chillers which produce heating and chilled water simultaneously and independently, guaranteeing optimal comfort all year round.

Furthermore, each of the ERACS2 Q XL-CA Multi-Function Heat Pump Chillers has an integrated +2P 280kW high-temperature hot water module installed to serve domestic hot water calorifiers at 78 degrees, providing efficient hot water throughout the facilities.

The whole system is managed and optimised by ClimaPRO. This Climaveneta plant optimisation and control system is able to actively optimise the energy efficiency of the entire HVAC system through the management and control of each component directly involved in the production and distribution of thermal loads.

Project Specifications

Total Capacity: 6811kW

Chilled Water: 2767kW

Low-Temperature Hot Water: 2924kW

High-Temperature Hot Water: 1120kW

Outdoor Units

3 x ERACS2 Q XL-CA 2722
Multi-Function Heat Pump Chillers complete with onboard +2P 280kW High-Temperature Hot Water Modules

1 x ERACS2 Q XL-CA 3222
Multi-Function Heat Pump Chiller complete with onboard +2P 280kW High-Temperature Hot Water Modules


1 x ClimaPRO Plant Optimisation Controller


Published: Thursday, 7 November 2019

Aotea Centre