Construction of Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre is expected to be completed by the middle of next year, according to the government-owned company in charge of making it happen.
An update issued by Ōtākaro Limited also said that, following a commissioning period, the venue’s first events are likely to be held in the second half of 2021.
Ōtākaro Limited CEO John Bridgman said an exact opening date and the first event will be confirmed closer to the time, noting that COVID-19 has had a major impact on the company’s construction projects.
“We have a tight construction market and there is some uncertainty going forward, but we are acutely aware business events take time to plan, and we want to provide our clients with as much clarity as we can as the end of year draws near,” he said.
“The venue operator, ASM Global, continues to work with the organisers of proposed 2021 events to try to tailor events to their needs, where appropriate, to achieve economic benefits for the city.
“Unsurprisingly, any further COVID-19-related disruptions may change this timeline, but I am optimistic that by this time next year we’ll see Te Pae Christchurch delegates wandering along the promenade to one of the city’s great restaurants.”
While the coronavirus pandemic has slowed the construction of Te Pae Christchurch, the venue has still managed to sign its first major local supplier, hire a Sydney-based business development manager, offer a virtual tour, and show off its inaugural menus.