Convention centre attracts 23 proposals

More than 20 companies want to build Christchurch's convention centre.

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) last month called for expressions of interest to build the centre - a flagship project in the central city blueprint.

Twenty-three parties responded, outlining their proposed design, build, financing, maintenance and operation plans for the precinct.

The proposals are being shortlisted by a review panel.

A Cera spokesman said there was international interest. The project's cost has not been finalised. Funding will come from the public and private sectors.

The Christchurch City Council has so far committed $220.7 million and has asked the Government to put in $70m.

The convention centre precinct will cover more than a city block, stretching from Victoria Square and the Avon River, over Gloucester St and into Cathedral Square.

Meanwhile, 27 submitters for the Avon River Park project have been shortlisted to 11. All have submitted more detailed proposals.

Compton Fundraising Consultants won the tender to provide philanthropic advice to Cera, and started work this week.

The company will manage fundraising and aid opportunities for the recovery and will deliver a draft report in the coming weeks.

The Press