Lockdown has put a pause on the opening of Te Pae (more than once!), but we’re just as excited to see this impressive $475M convention centre completed and open to the public soon.

Te Pae, Christchurch’s new Convention and Exhibition Centre, is an ambitious project, creating a large mixed-use precinct in the heart of the city. The development has a large and varied stakeholder group, including Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Christchurch City Council and the private sector—as well as the communities the centre will serve. Capable of hosting up to 2,000 delegates for a variety of national and international events, the state of the art centre includes a 1,400-delegate auditorium, a 3,600m² exhibition hall and 1,600m² of meeting rooms. This is a project of significant local and national importance, delivering a vital events hub that will attract domestic, national and international visitors and events.

In the challenging geotechnical conditions and seismic environment, our experience has been invaluable in designing a structure that will stand the test of time and form an important part of the city’s cultural and commercial landscape.

Client: Ōtākaro Limited
Main Contractor: CPB Contractors
Architects: Woods Bagot, WARREN AND MAHONEY
Structural Engineering: Holmes Consulting (NZ)
Geotech and Civil: Tonkin + Taylor
Services Engineers: WSP in New Zealand

Our client Ōtākaro Ltd has released a sneak peek inside the nearly-completed building, take a look: