Te Pae construction completes first year

Te Pae construction completes first year

One year on from the first concrete being poured for Te Pae, Christchurch’s new convention and exhibition centre is taking shape. 

‘Since the first wave of concrete trucks arrived on site on 4 November last year, around 15,000 cubic metres of concrete have been poured and 1,450 tonnes of structural steel installed,’ says Ōtākaro Limited Chief Executive, John Bridgman. 

‘The foundations for the exhibition hall are now complete and the walls are starting to go up, giving a sense of what a great space it will be for large-scale trade and consumer shows.

Work to install the roof of the 1,400-seat auditorium will be completed in the new year, which will allow the internal fit-out to begin. 

CPB currently has around 75 people working on site and this will increase to over 400 at the height of construction. 

Confidence that the build will be complete on time is high.

‘Interest in holding conferences and exhibitions at Te Pae has been strong and we encourage anyone looking for a world-class events venue from late 2020 onwards to get in touch,’ says Bridgman. 

‘We are on track to appoint an operator for Te Pae by the end of the year and announcements about bookings will come after that’. 

Te Pae’s flexible design means the venue is ideally situated for taking conferences up to 1400 persons, however equally the space is going to be great for hosting smaller concurrent events too, and with access directly out to the banks of the Ōtākaro Avon River – the venue will integrate seamlessly with both the outdoors and the rejuvenating central city.’