The NZICC’s general manager operations, Callum Mallett, said it’s now possible for the first time to see the outline of the massive convention centre and the adjacent Hobson Street hotel taking shape.
Now 22 months in, the NZICC is quickly rising approx. 14 metres above street level and is keeping the four cranes and more than 400 workers on site each day busy.
The NZICC is the largest central city construction site, and has already employed more than 900 construction workers since the project began. Already, more concrete and steel has been used in the NZICC than the entire Sky Tower, the Southern Hemisphere’s tallest free-standing structure.
“For the first time, the shape and scale of the Exhibition Hall can be appreciated and the skeleton of the NZICC’s structure can be seen, which is very exciting,” Mr Mallet said.
“We’ve been keeping a video record of every day’s progress since we first started demolishing the old buildings on the site and throughout the excavation of thousands of tonnes of soil.
“Put together into a minute and a half of time lapse footage, this provides a unique insight into the progress we’ve made on the project to date.’’
Recently the NZICC sales team has doubled in size to continue the momentum of bookings and continue to promote Auckland as an attractive conference destination around the world.
Large scale international conference bookings have already been secured for 2020, including two international medical conferences that will attract an estimated 4000 attendees and an estimated $11 million economic benefit to Auckland and New Zealand.