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WestpacTrust Centre

Acoustics, sightlines, lighting and structural flexibility were key planning drivers in this unique entertainment venue, maximising multi-use opportunities.

  • Client Christchurch City Council
  • Type New Build
  • Location Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Industry Civic
  • Completion 1998

The Westpac Trust Centre is a 9000 seat entertainment centre in the city of Christchurch New Zealand.

Acoustics, sightlines, lighting and structural flexibility were key planning drivers in this unique entertainment venue, maximising multi-use opportunities.

The arena contains fixed and retractable seating platforms to allow for a variety of events such as sport, entertainment, exhibition and conferences.

Through the use of retractable seating and division curtains, the building can be converted from a 4000m² exhibition hall to an auditorium.

The roof structure has a clear span of 81m and a clear height of 14m under the fully serviced catwalk system.

The arena provides full vehicular access including semi-trailer. The back of house contains administration, performers’ change rooms, holding venue, green and production rooms. Fully serviced workshops are provided and a relay kitchen has been provided to interact with other kitchen facilities being managed by the same venue manager. The front of house contains fully serviced food and beverage outlets and spacious foyers and concourses for patrons.