Set for completion in early 2018, the expansion project for Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is now underway.
Construction is currently taking place next to the Exhibition Centre and the Convention Centre, over the current DFO South Wharf car park.
The new building will grow MCEC’s total size to more than 70,000 square metres – that’s three and a half football fields – and mean more space for celebrations, entertainment, exhibitions and events, for the growth of Melbourne and the precinct as a whole.
Speaking about the expansion, Michael Walsh, Director of Strategy and Innovation, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, confirmed:
This project is not only about MCEC’s expansion. It’s a collaboration with the Victorian State Government and our partners to develop and grow Melbourne’s business and tourist capabilities to the highest possible standard, bringing the vision of the South Wharf precinct as a vibrant events and entertainment destination to life.
Included in our plan is infrastructure that will connect visitors and local traders with a new 331-room hotel and multi-deck car parking facilities, as well as the delivery of Australia’s largest convention and exhibition centre.
The Victorian Government provided A$205m for the expansion of MCEC, and leading infrastructure investor, developer and manager, Plenary Group and its partners are investing more than A$100m.
Plenary has appointed tier-one contractor Probuild, an expert in building in ‘live’ environments, to construct the MCEC expansion, new hotel and car park.
MCEC’s expansion is expected to generate an A$167m annual boost to the local economy, bringing an additional 74,000 international visitors to Melbourne each year. It’s exciting times ahead, with the expansion set to enable MCEC to attract and host a range of new events and provide more spaces for the local community to gather, learn, connect and engage.