Construction of a new multi-million-dollar building at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has begun, with completion scheduled for early 2018.
The expansion, designed by NH Architecture and Woods Bagot, will see the addition of a new multi-purpose event space, including additional meeting rooms with natural light, outdoor courtyard areas, and exhibition bays with retractable seating, taking the venue’s total pillar-less exhibition space to 40,000m², which will no doubt attract new and exciting conventions, exhibitions and concerts to Melbourne.
The existing Melbourne Convention Centre was designed by NH Architecture and Woods Bagot, and completed in 2009. The expansion will be sited on an existing car park, located between the existing Melbourne Exhibition Centre, designed by Denton Corker Marshall and opened in 1996, and the South Wharf DFO shopping centre.
The new space will directly connect with the existing Convention and Exhibition Centres, growing the MCEC’s total size to more than 70,000m².
Works also include a new, 331-room hotel and multi-level car park, which will be built with up to AUD$175m in funding from the private sector.
The expansion is expected to generate an AUD$167m boost to the local economy each year, bringing an additional 74,000 international visitors to Melbourne annually.
With the completion of the expansion, MCEC will further cement its title as Australia’s largest convention and exhibition centre, and the vision for South Wharf as a vibrant events and entertainment precinct will be realised.
Images: Artist’s impressions of the MCEC expansion. Courtesy: NH Architecture and Woods Bagot.