Work Begins on Christchurch Convention Centre

Construction of the new Christchurch Convention Centre begins as first concrete pour takes place.

The 5,200m2 Convention Centre will have a capacity for 2,000 people and be a world class venue for hosting both international and local events within Central Christchurch.

Construction is being carried out by CPB Contractors, with the project managed by Crown owned company, Otakaro, as part of the Christchurch Central City Anchor Projects.

110 Allied Concrete and Ashby's Ready Mixed trucks recently delivered concrete in the early hours of the morning for the first foundation pour, marking the beginning of construction. The building requires over 19,000m3 of concrete with an additional 2,000m3 for landscaping. The Convention Centre's raft foundation provides superior strength against seismic activity, ranging from 800mm-1500mm in depth. An additional 150mm structural slab effectively floats on top, this enables the structure to be less effected by ground movement during a seismic event.

Concrete pours are scheduled during the night to minimise traffic disruption, with trucks arriving on site from 2am during the first pour, delivering 637m3 of concrete. This requires a significant commitment by Allied Concrete Christchurch staff to ensure delivery within the specified timeframe and the concrete consistently meets specification throughout the entire project. 

Allied Concrete are proud to be the preferred concrete supplier for this project and look forward to working alongside the team at CPB Contractors. 

Construction is due to be completed by the first quarter of 2020.