Designs for the Christchurch Centre were unveiled to event organisers at MEETINGS 2017 in Auckland.
General manager Rob McIntyre says the convention centre will be a dream space for organisers and delegates, designed with a distinctive South Island flavour.
‘Our stunning new venue is now underway on a prime riverfront site, in the heart of New Zealand’s newest city,’ he says.
Designed by international firm Woods Bagot, McIntyre says the Christchurch Centre promises to be a landmark facility of outstanding architectural significance. Its central, walkable location, cultural and heritage references, and flexible design layout are key features.
‘We have studied the best practice worldwide and designed purpose-built boutique facilities around the way our clients work, creating seamless transitions between spaces and sessions,’ McIntyre says. ‘The venue will be responsive to a wide range of event requirements for up to 2000 delegates, all within easy walking distance of city hotels.’
The centre features a tiered 1400-delegate auditorium that can be scaled to allow up to three events to run concurrently. It is complemented by break-out space in meeting rooms - from boardroom scale to large flat floor plenary sessions. The purpose-built banqueting area has separate capacity to host the total number of convention delegates. An exhibition hall supports the exhibition component of conventions, while public circulation space allows for informal meetings and pre-event gathering spaces. Support infrastructure includes dedicated offices for professional conference organisers, a hospitality lounge, boardroom, crew room and speaker preparation rooms.
‘Christchurch ticks all the boxes for destination appeal, accessibility, educational opportunities, and networking. It is the gateway to the magnificent South Island, with an excellent international airport and an attractive, compact city centre,’ says McIntyre.
The Christchurch Centre is a New Zealand Government project and is managed by Accor.