New Zealand Convention Centre gets green light

Work on a new 3,150-capacity convention centre in Auckland, New Zealand, could begin before the end of the year, say its developers.

An artist's impression of the venue
An artist's impression of the venue
SkyCity Entertainment Group has now received resource consent approval from the local council, meaning it can make the design changes that were agreed with the New Zealand Government in May.

The New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) will be the largest purpose-built convention centre in New Zealand, capable of hosting conferences of 3,150 people or two concurrent events of 1,200 delegates each.

The latest approval also allows for the construction of a five-star, 300-bedroom hotel as well as a 'laneway' of shops, cafés, bars and signature restaurants.

Nigel Morrison, chief executive officer, SkyCity said: "We are working towards concluding a building works contract later this year, having already put months of work into the tender process and with strong interest from outstanding and experienced construction firms. Our objective is to turn the first sod of the New Zealand International Convention Centre before Christmas."

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