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.
“CPB has committed to completing construction in the first quarter of 2020 and the Government will be closely monitoring its progress,” Minister Wagner said.
The Government has invested more than $14 billion in the rebuild and regeneration of Christchurch, and that’s forecast to increase to $17 billion by 2021.
Included in their portfolio are three recently-opened schools, the $2.2 billion horizontal infrastructure repair programme, the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial and an offer to support the reinstatement of Christchurch Cathedral.
“The announcement will provide certainty for investors, certainty for property developers, and confidence for our hospitality and accommodation suppliers,” New Zealand Property Council President Roger Davidson said.
“Once opened, the Convention Centre will offer a range of tangible economic and social benefits for the city and create additional jobs in the CBD.
“It is good to see the Government moving forward on a major anchor project that will drive economic growth.”
However, Mr Davidson advised that other key projects such as the Christchurch Metro Sports Facility and the Multi Use Arena need to be progressed ahead, to ensure momentum is not lost.
“We mustn’t rest on our laurels and lose the traction that has been achieved to date. There are more projects that must also continue as they will deliver the vital infrastructure needed for a city the size of Christchurch.”