The construction of New Zealand’s International Convention Centre (NZICC) is progressing well following the turning of the first sod by New Zealand Prime Minister John Key recently, with doors opening in mid-2019.
The $471 million centre will be a global hub of innovation and knowledge exchange, boasting large flexible functional spaces for a wide range of events, including intimate meeting spaces on all levels, a convention capacity for 3150, and the capacity to cater for one-off events for up to 4000 people.
Construction is well under way, with all but two of the 16 buildings on site having been demolished already.
Presenting at the Worldwide Exhibition for Incentive Travel, Meetings and Events Expo (IMEX) in Frankfurt recently, NZICC general manager Simon Jamieson said the Centre is using not only revolutionary new smart technology, but the brightest and best minds New Zealand has to offer.
“New Zealanders have a reputation for being innovative and forward-thinking people. We boast a great visitor experience with world-class restaurants, award-winning hotels, excellent entertainment and a unique, beautiful city and country,” Mr Jamieson says.
“One of the NZICC’s points of difference is the collaborative way in which it has been designed by some of the Southern Hemisphere’s best architects, along with event industry experts, delivering a unique and integrated centre.
“A unique aspect of the NZICC journey so far, which we’re very proud of, is our partnerships with several local New Zealand companies who are demonstrating innovative, fresh ways of looking at things,” Mr Jamieson says.
Through his presentation at IMEX, Mr Jamieson took media through a special interactive experience of the Centre, all developed and designed by Kiwi company Buildmedia.
NZICC QUICK FACTS:
• 32,000 sq m gross floor area
• Five times larger than the current largest convention facilities in New Zealand
• Capable of hosting conferences of around 3000 people, and one-off events of around 4000 people
• 24 meeting rooms
• Transparent, open design, featuring high ceilings, panoramic views and flexible, dynamic spaces
• Building and facade designed with “Kiwi” identity
• 1327 car parks
• Adjacent laneway with exciting retail and food and beverage options
• 38-month build time
• Anticipated opening — 2019
Hobson Street hotel:
• 300 rooms, 5-star rating
• Average room size: 28-32 sq m
• Contemporary architecture
• Linked to NZICC, laneway, and main SKYCITY complex