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Plans for expansion and refurbishment revealed

The newly refurbished Napier War Memorial Conference Centre will provide a state-of-the-art conferencing facility for Hawke’s Bay.

Along with an expansion to the iconic ballroom, the Marine Parade face of the centre will be given greater street presence.   A new exhibition hall to provide trade exhibitor space will be built next to Ocean Spa, and the war memorial, currently inside the foyer, will be moved to a new position of prominence with views down the lawn to the Sound Shell.

“The plans look fantastic,” said Napier Mayor Bill Dalton. “It will provide Napier and Hawke’s Bay with a great asset to attract the important conference market.”

As part of the upgrade, the current ballroom area will be extended to increase capacity for dining while still retaining a curved form and panoramic views across Hawke Bay.  Additional space in the foyer will allow an improved meet and greet area for guests as well as a better flow between key meeting rooms and the new exhibition hall. 

Napier based Citrus Studio Architecture, in association with Graham Weaver Architecture, have sculpted the new exhibition hall in a gentle curve to provide  a new pedestrian access, between the centre and the Ocean Spa complex, to the lower car-park and the beachfront Rotary Pathway.

The eternal flame and plaques will be housed in a new war memorial space which will be able to be entered from Marine Parade as well as the centre foyer.  A large window in its new curved wall, overlooking the lawn and gardens, will allow for 24 hour viewing of the memorial from a path behind the floral clock – something which has been welcomed by both the Napier and Taradale RSAs.

The refurbishment work was brought forward after it was discovered the building required earthquake strengthening earlier this year. These strengthening works, designed by Stratagroup engineers, will be carried out at the same time as the refurbishment and expansion.

The centre remains open for business until April 2016 when work will begin. It will reopen in February 2017.

Napier City Council Venues Manager Glenys Fraser said bookings affected by the closure period had been moved to alternative local venues. Several clients had also decided to postpone their books to 2017 or 2018 so they could enjoy the refurbished facility, she said.  “Clients we’ve spoken to are hugely excited to hear we are expanding and we are already getting a steady stream of bookings coming in for the new-look venue.”

Staff will be available during the closure period to continue to take booking for 2017 onwards, Ms Fraser said. The work is estimated to cost approximately $5.4 million.

The newly refurbished Napier War Memorial Conference Centre will provide a state-of-the-art conferencing facility for Hawke’s Bay.

 

Along with an expansion to the iconic ballroom, the Marine Parade face of the centre will be given greater street presence.   A new exhibition hall to provide trade exhibitor space will be built next to Ocean Spa, and the war memorial, currently inside the foyer, will be moved to a new position of prominence with views down the lawn to the Sound Shell.

 

“The plans look fantastic,” said Napier Mayor Bill Dalton. “It will provide Napier and Hawke’s Bay with a great asset to attract the important conference market.”

 

As part of the upgrade, the current ballroom area will be extended to increase capacity for dining while still retaining a curved form and panoramic views across Hawke Bay.  Additional space in the foyer will allow an improved meet and greet area for guests as well as a better flow between key meeting rooms and the new exhibition hall. 

 

Napier based Citrus Studio Architecture, in association with Graham Weaver Architecture, have sculpted the new exhibition hall in a gentle curve to provide  a new pedestrian access, between the centre and the Ocean Spa complex, to the lower car-park and the beachfront Rotary Pathway.

 

Citrus Studio’s Brent Scott is excited by the project.  ‘Bringing elements of the building closer to the street and the relocation of the war memorial to a more visible and meaningful setting has been particularly satisfying,” he said. “We wanted the entry plaza to be a vibrant public space that people will enjoy whether stopping or simply walking through.  It is framed on the port side with the black base of the exhibition hall, broken up with blue and green panels inspired by the colours of paua shells, and on the city side by the spine of the war memorial which is clad in hinuera stone.

 

Curved architecture is synonymous with the coast, Mr Scott said.  “The original rotunda form of the 1950’s Natusch designed War Memorial Hall stood alone on the foreshore, but is now seen as part of a precinct of curved forms with Ocean Spa next door and the Scenic Circle hotel opposite.  We have strengthened this connection with a curved wall cocooning the new war memorial, sitting on the axis of the floral clock and the Sound Shell, and have given the exhibition hall a soft curve to the north, opening up the new public route to the carpark and views to the Pacific.’

 

The eternal flame and plaques will be housed in a new war memorial space which will be able to be entered from Marine Parade as well as the centre foyer.  A large window in its new curved wall, overlooking the lawn and gardens, will allow for 24 hour viewing of the memorial from a path behind the floral clock – something which has been welcomed by both the Napier and Taradale RSAs.

 

The refurbishment work was brought forward after it was discovered the building required earthquake strengthening earlier this year. These strengthening works, designed by Stratagroup engineers, will be carried out at the same time as the refurbishment and expansion.

 

The centre remains open for business until April 2016 when work with begin. It will reopen in February 2017.

 

Napier City Council Venues Manager Glenys Fraser said bookings affected by the closure period had been moved to alternative local venues. Several clients had also decided to postpone their books to 2017 or 2018 so they could enjoy the refurbished facility, she said.

 

“Clients we’ve spoken to are hugely excited to hear we are expanding and we are already getting a steady stream of bookings coming in for the new-look venue.”

 

Staff will be available during the closure period to continue to take booking for 2017 onwards, Ms Fraser said.

 

The work is estimated to cost approximately $5.4 million.

 


 

Put some Razzmatazz into your next conference!

Book your Art Deco dinner and let us decorate your event for FREE!

Host your conference in Napier 'The Art Deco Capital of the World' and let us theme your awards dinner with a taste of the 1930's! You can conference by day and enjoy our inspiring seaside location and magical ocean views and by night we can transform the ballroom ready for some Razzmatazz!

Combine costumes, jazz music, vintage cars, a bathing belle's competition and you'll have the beginnings of a deco fabulous event that your delegates will never forget!

Book your Art Deco dinner and let us decorate your event for Free!

Receive:

  • Black tablecloths
  • Black chair covers and sashes
  • White linen napkins
  • Elegant Art Deco centerpiece
  • Black and white checkered dance floor
  • Mirror ball for room
  • Valued at over $2,000* for FREE!


“Value of package based on 170 pax.  For terms & conditions"

 


 

New wedding packages!

If you have just got engaged and are looking to get married in Hawke’s Bay, take a look at our new wedding packages.

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Christmas package - just $55 per person

Time to start planning your Christmas party? Relax – we’ll do all the hard work for you...

We’ve taken the hassle out of organising everything so all you have to do is come along, relax and enjoy! We’ll provide the venue, free parking, festive food, fabulous Christmas decorations and table settings, the crackers and the Christmas cheer. We’ll even throw in the Christmas tree!

No stress, no hassle, no last minute rushing around and no cleaning up to do...

The package includes:

  • The 2012 Christmas package - just $55 per personA Christmas-themed meal with complimentary bread rolls and coffee/tea
  • Christmas crackers and serviettes
  • Linen tablecloths and Christmas centrepieces
  • Company/organisation logo on a ‘welcome’ screen in the foyer and an A3 seating plan (if required)
  • Free parking for all guests
  • No additional venue hire
  • Chair covers with sashes
  • Festive lighting
  • Candles for the tables
  • Background Christmas music
  • Table runners
  • Alcohol not included
  • Minimum 50 people/maximum 300 people

Christmas Menu:

  • Freshly baked bread rolls
  • Roast lamb with a mint jelly
  • Manuka honey glazed ham
  • Roast turkey with cranberry sauce
  • New potatoes
  • Candied kumara
  • Capsicums, courgettes and beans
    roasted in apple cider vinegar
  • Green minted peas
  • Spinach and feta salad
  • Fresh fruit salad
  • Peach and raspberry trifle
  • Old fashioned Christmas pudding
  • Pavlova with summer berries
  • Freshly brewed coffee and tea

To book this fantastic package contact us today

 


 

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What's Happening...
Plans for expansion and refurbishment revealed
The newly refurbished Napier War Memorial Conference Centre will provide a state-of-the-art conferencing facility for Hawke’s Bay.
Read more >>
Put some Razzmatazz into your next conference!
Book your Art Deco dinner and let us decorate your event for FREE!
Read more >>
New wedding packages!
If you have just got engaged and are looking to get married in Hawke’s Bay, take a look at our new wedding packages.
Read more >>
Christmas package - just $55 per person
Time to start planning your Christmas party? Relax - we'll do all the hard work for you...
Read more >>

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