With only 16 months until opening the doors for Te Pae Christchurch’s first event, venue operator AEG Ogden has confirmed construction is more than halfway to completion and is on track for opening in October 2020.
“The building is now 50 per cent compete with all structural steel elements in place and the roofing and façade being applied and the 1400 seat auditorium is taking shape,” said Ross Steele, Te Pae’s general manager.
“For an historic city such as Christchurch, it is rare opportunity for a convention centre to be the focal point of a city’s urban redevelopment. With Te Pae’s spectacular city centre location and easy walking distance to 2500 hotel rooms backed by supporting meetings industry infrastructure, it is not surprising Christchurch and Te Pae are capturing global attention.”
Te Pae Christchurch will showcase local culture through the architectural design of the building resembling the braided rivers of the Canterbury region along with the Maori artwork and natural New Zealand timbers.
Te Pae has already secured a number of high profile international and national conventions including 2020 INTECOL’s 11th International Wetlands Conference; 2021 Congress of the Federation of Asian & Oceanian Biochemists & Molecular Biochemists; 2021 International Congress on Biological Invasions; 2021 International Education Conference; and 2021 Australasian College for Emergency Medicine Annual Conference.