Demolishers begin the clean-up at NZICC in Auckland

Work has begun on the removing damaged material from the roof of the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) which was severely damaged by a fire late last year.

SkyCity’s NZ$700 million convention centre was nearing completion when a fire broke out the roof that took days to get under control, causing extensive damage and pushing back the opening date leaving major events scrambling to find new venues.

“Planning is underway for removal of damaged materials on some levels,” a Fletcher spokesperson said. “It will still be some weeks before a full timeline for the rebuild is completed.”

Fletcher Construction have not yet released details on the cost of the damage or the cause of the fire, with the revised opening date still in limbo.

But parent company Fletcher Building and SkyCity said they are looking to open the convention centre as quickly as possible, with an outside chance the venue may still be ready in time for the APEC Leaders Week which is being held in Auckland in 2021.