Download The Wellington App for more stories like this.

WCC vote on $154m convention centre this week

The Wellington City Council will decide on Thursday whether to proceed with a new Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Artist’s impression of the proposed convention centre on Cable Street

It will consider a proposal that the centre be developed on Council-owned land on Cable Street, opposite Te Papa, at a cost of $154.3million.

The building with 18,000 square metres of floor space will cater for conventions of up to 2200 people and the 1651sq m exhibition area will attract international exhibitions.

Mayor Justin Lester is supportive of the proposal, saying that Wellington’s convention industry is worth $240 million a year.

“The Australasian and Asian convention market is growing and we are missing out on big conventions because we don’t have the appropriate space,” he said.

“Our Council has an ambitious social programme to make Wellington a fairer place to live, but we also need a strong economic platform upon which we can base it. We need to encourage tourists and conference visitors to our city and will benefit from the jobs it will create.

“This project has been more than five years in the making and what it now needs is a favourable decision from the Council.”

Council Chief Executive Kevin Lavery says the project is ready to go and, once resource consent is granted, construction could begin in August 2019, with completion by 2022.

“The project will also be the spark for a lot of development in the surrounding area, which now is basically dedicated to cars and carparks.”

Details of the proposal can be read in the Agenda to the meeting.