No public say on SkyCity convention centre

Auckland Council announced that independent commissioners have decided that the resource consent application for the New Zealand International Convention Centre will proceed without the public’s input.

The commissioners considered the environmental effects of the application, as well as the recent decision about the Ports of Auckland Ltd resource consent application.

The decision of the commissioners follows an agreement between SkyCity and the government on the preliminary design for the NZICC on 26 May 2015. The new design revealed a smaller convention centre, which will require SkyCity to increase its spend from the $402 million agreed in 2013 to $430 million. 

SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison said the decision is good news for the project and allows SkyCity to move ahead with selecting a construction partner and finalising a date for turning the first sod on the building. 

“We now await the final resource consent decision, to be finalised by the independent commissioners over the next few months,’’ Morrison said.

“We are continuing to work towards signing a binding building works contract for the NZICC by October and then commencing construction by the end of 2015.” 

The 33,000 sqm convention centre will be capable of hosting meetings of up to 3,150 people, two concurrent events of 1,200 delegates each, and one-off events of up to 4,200 people. 

 SkyCity also plans to construct a new laneway that will provide visitors with a new public space, featuring shops, cafes and bars.