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Project updated: 22/12/2016

Christchurch Convention Centre

Christchurch Convention Centre

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What

The Christchurch Convention Centre will be a world class conference facility supported by accommodation, retail, hospitality and public transport. In a competitive environment where convention centres around the world are expanding their capacity to accommodate larger events, the Christchurch Convention Centre will be a boutique facility, set in a well organised and compact, regenerating city. 

Why

Christchurch lacks appropriate convention facilities which limits the city's tourism potential, economic activity and diversity. The facility will complement the larger 3500-delegate venue in Auckland and the proposed smaller facility in Queenstown.

How

Ōtākaro is responsible for the design and construction of the Convention Centre. It will also work with parties interested in development opportunities for the wider precinct. 

When

The Convention Centre is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2019.

Status
  • Initial work to prepare the precinct site for construction is underway. The section of Gloucester Street between Colombo Street and Oxford Terrace has been closed and underground services are being rerouted around the section.
  • Ōtākaro called for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from suitably qualified Main Contractors for the design and construction contract in September 2016.
  • Substantial earthworks began in October 2016.
Who else is involved?
  • A Mains Contractor will be appointed for the design and construction contract.
  • Accor has been selected as the preferred operator and will provide specialist input during the development of the facility. The hotel group manages over 500,000m2 of convention and exhibition space globally. 
Funding

The Christchurch Convention Centre is being funded by the Crown.

Ngāi Tahu Grand Narrative

This Grand Narrative (10M file) documents the Ngāi Tahu values, customs and traditions relevant to the Convention Centre.

More Information
  • Details

    The Christchurch Convention Centre will have capacity to host up to 2000 delegates for a variety of national and international events, with

    • a 1400-delegate auditorium 
    • a 3600m2 exhibition hall 
    • 1600m2 meeting rooms 

    The wider precinct will have associated food and beverage, and retail areas. 

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