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Expansion gives Melbourne Australia’s ‘largest convention space’

The MCEC now boasts an additional 20,000sqm of meetings space after AU$205m revamp

Pictured: The new 1,000-seat Goldfields Theatre

The AU$205m expansion of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre has opened.

The expansion adds 20,000sqm to the building’s footprint, meaning the MCEC now boasts 70,000sqm and becomes ‘Australia’s largest convention and exhibition space’.

A 1,000-seat theatre has been added to the venue, in the city’s South Warf district, along with additional meeting rooms, an outdoor terrace, a new banquet suite, a café and a bar.

Designed by NH Architecture and Woods Bagot, the expansion takes inspiration from Victoria’s rich history in determining names for key spaces within its expansion. The gold colour of the expansion’s exterior culminated in Victoria’s goldfields becoming the theme from which names would be drawn.

 The expansion is part of a larger South Wharf expansion project by Plenary Group and its partners that includes a new 347-room Novotel Melbourne South Wharf and a new 1,150-space multi-level car park – all fully connected and integrated with existing buildings.

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust Chairman, John Brumby, said: “We’re incredibly proud of our expansion and the benefits it will bring for our customers, our city and our state. A project like this involves a lot of different people and I think the success of this building is testament to the strong engagement among key stakeholders throughout planning and construction.”

 MCEC chief executive, Peter King, said:  “Customer experience was front of mind when planning the design – we wanted to ensure our facilities suited the needs of our customers, rather than constraining them to fit within our space. Everything we do at MCEC is based around the fact we are here to connect and inspire. We will fulfil our obligation to connect and with the help of our wonderful new spaces - we will inspire.”

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