Work has begun on the Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre, which is expected to be completed at the end of 2022
WCEC is expected to contribute $156 million to the New Zealand economy
Three-storey purpose-built facility will provide around 17,750sqm of floor space
Largest infrastructure investment since the Wellington Regional Stadium two decades ago
Wellington Mayor Justin Lester has turned the first sod at the Cable Street site for the new Convention and Exhibition Centre, opposite Te Papa.
“This building will be New Zealand’s first venue that combines public space with a public exhibition gallery, cafes and a walkway on the ground floor that connects Cable and Wakefield streets,” he said.
Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre facts:
A three-storey purpose-built facility will provide around 17,750 sqm of floor space capable of hosting major conventions, exhibitions and associated events.
Visitor projections exceed 272,000 per annum.
Construction is estimated to generate $171 million in total expenditure, $76 million in GDP and 864 new jobs.
Operations are estimated to generate and protect $90.6 million in total expenditure, $44.8 million in GDP and 554 new jobs for Wellington City per annum.
The economic benefit to NZ from the infrastructure investment is expected to contribute $156.1 million GDP and support 1,520 jobs in the NZ economy.