Engineering professor on damage to SkyCity convention centre

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Fri, 14 Feb 2020, 11:48AM
The SkyCity International Convention Centre suffered extensive fire damage in October last year. Photo / Michael Craig

Engineering professor on damage to SkyCity convention centre

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 14 Feb 2020, 11:48AM

The main events of the 2021 Apec leaders' week will need a new home after the Government has effectively ruled out the fire-damaged SkyCity International Convention Centre.

Fletcher Construction said in a statement yesterday that the recovery from last October's fire will continue for the next few months, and major construction work on the ICC won't start before mid-year.

Professor John Tookey from AUT's school of engineering told Kate Hawkesby the damage isn't bad enough to prompt a complete rebuild.

"It's like having a brand new supercar, it takes a lot after a small or large ding to write it off because of the amount of money you've got buried in it."

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