A first glimpse of the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) has been released by SkyCity Entertainment Group.

The release of the imagery and a video ‘flythrough’ of the complex follows SkyCity’s lodgement of a resource consent application to Auckland Council for the NZICC and an adjacent five star 300-room SKYCITY hotel and pedestrian laneway to be developed separately.

NZICC Group General Manager Simon Jamieson said, “For well over a year the NZICC team has been consulting and engaging extensively to prepare our resource consent application. The process we have followed has been thorough and rigorous, and we have every confidence that the convention centre will be a real asset for Auckland that will significantly enhance the inner city.

“The NZICC will be a flexible and versatile building that integrates with its surroundings while capitalising on its location and outlook. The public gallery entrance will provide a dramatic first impression at Hobson Street, and invite people into the building to further explore its interiors. On the Nelson Street side of the NZICC, pre-function spaces command breathtaking views towards the Harbour Bridge and the Waitakere Ranges.

“The outcome of such considered design is a magnificent building that will be integrated with the grain of the city while strongly positioning Auckland as a leading international destination for major conventions and events,” said Jamieson.

An artist’s impression of the Hobson Street entrance of the new convention centre