Canterbury buildnz designex returning soon


An estimated $100m is to be spent every week for the next three to four years as the Christchurch rebuild approaches 50% completion in 2016, according to Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce chief executive Peter Townsend.

The reconstruction of commercial property has yet to begin in earnest, many of the anchor projects in the CBD remain uncertain, and many insurance claims have yet to be settled.

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand currently estimates the total construction cost of the rebuild to be about $40 billion, comprised of slightly more than $16 billion each for residential and commercial construction, and around $7 billion for infrastructure.

These drivers are helping make Canterbury buildnz designex (CBD), the region’s largest industry trade show, a must attend for 2016.

“We’re excited to be returning to Christchurch this August after a very successful launch event in 2014,” XPO Exhibitions events and sales director Tony Waite says.

“In less than three months’ time more than 2500 professionals — mainly builders, designers, architects, planners and specifiers — will descend on Horncastle Arena, Christchurch, to attend the show, and research the latest product and services needed to complete the job in Canterbury.

“With more than 85 national and international exhibiting companies already confirmed, three full days of CPD and LPB-accredited seminars, keynote speakers, special features, visitor prizes (including the chance to win a brand new Ford valued at $63,000+ORC) and exclusive VIP networking events, CBD 2016 is guaranteed to inform, educate and excite all those who visit.”

Canterbury buildnz designex is helping inspire vibrant design and build concepts across residential and commercial construction.

The previous show included an inspiring talk from a true disruptor and innovator in the architectural community, Nat Cheshire.

“Visitors from around the South Island lauded Nat’s talk as truly life changing for them, and we’re working on a fantastic line-up again this year,” Mr Waite says.

And it’s not just all about education, with the latest technology and innovative products being showcased.

Companies such as Christchurch-based Tradeworx, experts in software and systems for the construction industry, will be showcasing the power of real time project information via robust cloud-based business information and management solutions.

Another example will feature on the WOCA Denmark stand where visitors will find its recently released Diamond Oil. Environmentally, WOCA Diamond Oil ticks all the boxes for interior use, be it on floors, joinery, ceilings and wall linings.

A strong theme of Connecting Construction and Design Communities will be showcased through live product demonstrations, special features and a very full schedule of free industry-led seminars.

The programme will cover a variety of topics from industry leaders, influencers and keynote speakers, many of which will provide valuable CPD and LBP points for advancing professional skills and development.

CBD 2016 runs from August 4-6. Free registration is open for industry professionals wishing to attend. Simply visit

To see a full list of CBD 2016 exhibitors, visit

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