Main Works Underway for Christchurch Convention Centre


The New Zealand Government has awarded a $240 million contract to CPB Contractors Limited to complete the design and construction of Christchurch Convention Centre.

“Work on the convention centre will begin shortly with our newly-appointed main works contractor," Minister Nicky Wagner said.

"This will be a world-class boutique facility, capable of hosting international conferences as well as community meetings, balls, galas and weddings.

“The convention centre will be a cornerstone of the revitalised central city and help bring domestic and international visitors back to the central business district."Minister Wagner said the direct economic benefit of the convention centre was estimated to be more than $320 million in the first eight years, and $57 million every year after that.

“It’s also expected to increase private sector investment, open up business networks and opportunities, and create new jobs,” Minister Wagner said.

The convention centre will feature:

  • Auditorium for 1400 delegates (divisible into two 700-person auditoria)
  • 1250 person banqueting hall
  • 14 interconnected meeting rooms for up to 1400 people
  • 4400 square metre pre-function spaces for up to 1400 people, and
  • 3600 square metre multi-use exhibition hall for 200 exhibition stalls.
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