HALIFAX — The Halifax Convention Centre’s opening has been delayed again and is now targeting a late 2017 launch, Argyle Developments announced Nov. 18.
In a press release, Argyle Developments said that it expects “substantial completion” by August 2017, with an opening now planned for December 2017. This follows several delays that pushed the opening from September 2016 to March 2017.
The revised construction schedule is the result of design amendments on the Market Street side of the facility, according to the release.
“The public engagement process that resulted in a complete redesign of the Nova Centre has made for a better project; however, it has also impacted approval processes and the construction timeline,” said Joe Ramia, president and CEO of Argyle Developments Inc.
The change to the construction schedule affects 22 national and international events booked in 2017, as well as local clients.
Affected clients have been notified and steps are underway to work on alternative arrangements.
“We know the new Halifax Convention Centre will deliver an unforgettable event experience for our guests and make our community proud,” said Carrie Cussons, acting president and CEO of the Halifax Convention Centre Corp. “We will continue with our sales efforts while ensuring our team is ready to open and operate.”
The Halifax Convention Centre is part of the Nova Centre, a one-million square-foot, mixed-used development being built by Argyle Developments Inc. The centre includes a hotel, financial tower and retail space, and is the largest integrated development project in the province’s history.
Totalling $169.2 million, convention centre construction funding is being shared between three levels of government. The centre will feature 120,000 square feet of event space, including two convention levels and a mix of multi-purpose, meeting and ballroom space.