5 Oct 2012

Work Begins On Nelson Conference Centre

Work has begun on Rutherford Hotel Nelson’s new conference centre with theatre space for up to 700 people. Construction is expected to be completed in late 2012.

The project is a continuation of plans to expand the hotel’s conference capacity after the Nelson City Council pulled out of a planned partnership deal to build a performing arts centre adjoined to the conference centre.

The extension will be built to the west of the hotel facing Nile St with a conference room able to be divided in two. This will cater for up to 700 people in a theatre-style setting, or seat up to 550 at a banquet.

General manager Bevan McGillicuddy said it was a "significant" development that would complement the existing hotel while generating new business and benefits for the entire region.