Christchurch Convention Centre

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Christchurch Convention Centre
Tall glass frontage of a building
Christchurch Convention Centre in August 2011
General information
AddressKilmore Street
Coordinates43°31′34.93″S 172°38′7.44″E / 43.5263694°S 172.6354000°E / -43.5263694; 172.6354000Coordinates: 43°31′34.93″S 172°38′7.44″E / 43.5263694°S 172.6354000°E / -43.5263694; 172.6354000
InauguratedNovember 1997
DemolishedMarch / April 2012
Other dimensions8 m high ceiling, 90 m length
Technical details
Floor area1,850 square metres (19,900 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architecture firmWarren and Mahoney
Awards and prizes1997 NZIA Local Award
Architects' website[1]

The Christchurch Convention Centre was New Zealand's only purpose-built Convention Centre. Christchurch's Mayor Vicki Buck opened it in November 1997. The Convention Centre was demolished in early 2012 following the 2011 Christchurch earthquake.


The Christchurch Convention Centre was located in Kilmore Street in the city centre.

The rear entrance of the Christchurch Convention Centre in Peterborough Street

The design was an extruded concrete box with a glass façade facing the Christchurch Town Hall across Kilmore Street, over which a glazed airbridge linked these two and the Crowne Plaza Hotel, adjacent to the Town Hall.[2]

The Convention Centre had a capacity of 2,500 people. There were seven breakout rooms, and three halls that could be hired separately or together, to host major plenary sessions for 2,200 people theatre-style.[2]
Two major artworks were featured in the building: "Blue" a neon sculpture by Bill Cuthbert, was on the façade, and the 84 m mural "Passport to the New Millennium", by Philip Trusttum was in the circulation space that ran the full length of the building.[3]

The Christchurch Convention Centre hosted many international conferences including APEC Small and Medium Enterprise Economics Conference, Shiseido Japan, New Zealand Law Society, Law ASIA, and the 11th Asian Retailers Conference and Exhibition, as well as many charity gala dinners.[citation needed]

Christchurch earthquake[edit]

Christchurch Convention Centre after demolition in April 2012, with the Town Hall visible in the background

In August 2011, the Convention Centre and several other public buildings were "recommended for demolition" because of extensive damage suffered in the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake[4] and an aftershock on 13 June.[5] The Convention Centre was demolished in March / April 2012 (see photo).


  1. ^ "Christchurch Convention Centre". Archived from the original on 12 September 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Christchurch Convention Centre". Vbase. Retrieved 13 August 2011.
  3. ^ Retrieved 9 August 2012
  4. ^ "Engineers recommend AMI stadium demolition". 9 August 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2011.
  5. ^ "Earthquake update". Vbase. Archived from the original on 7 August 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2011.

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