Christchurch Centre reveals designs ahead of 2020 opening
Designed by international firm Woods Bagot, the Christchurch Centre is set in a central, walkable location, and features cultural and heritage references and a flexible design layout.
General manager Rob McIntyre said the centre is now underway on the prime riverfront site, set for a 2020 opening.
“We have studied the best practice worldwide and designed purpose-built boutique facilities around the way our clients work, creating seamless transitions between spaces and sessions,” he said.
“The venue will be responsive to a wide range of event requirements for up to 2000 delegates, all within easy walking distance of city hotels.”
The centre will include a tiered 1400-delegate auditorium that can be scaled to allow up to three events to run concurrently; complimentary break-out spaces; a purpose-built banqueting area; an exhibition hall; and public circulation space that allows for comfortable pre-event gatherings. Support infrastructure includes dedicated offices for professional conference organisers, a hospitality lounge, boardroom, crew room and speaker preparation rooms.
The main entrance to the centre opens out to the Ōtākaro Avon River and has been designed to reflect the South Island’s rivers, with stories of the local Māori people interwoven through the design.