Christchurch convention centre halfway to completion

Concept art of Te Pae.

Set to open in October 2020, the developers of Christchurch’s new world-class convention centre believe it is 50 percent of the way through its construction.

Te Pae Christchurch has just 16 months before opening the doors its first event, and venue operator AEG Ogden is delighted with progress and interest levels from international convention players.

“The building is now 50 complete, with all structural steel elements in place and the roofing and façade being applied and the 1,400-seat auditorium is taking shape,”said Ross Steele, general manager, Te Pae.

“You can’t really see the scale and the beauty of the spaces, particularly the wonderful ballroom with views over the Avon River and surrounding parklands.”

With the project’s development on track to open on schedule, the venue has secured international and national conventions and events including:
• 2020 INTECOL’s 11th International Wetlands Conference, 1,000 delegates
• 2021 Congress of the Federation of Asian & Oceanian Biochemists & Molecular Biochemists (FAOBMB),1,000 delegates
• 2021 International Congress on Biological Invasions (ICBI 2021), 800 delegates
• 2021 International Education Conference, 700 delegates
• 2021 Australasian College for Emergency Medicine Annual Conference, 700 delegates