Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre comprises purpose-designed facilities to cater for large conferences, conventions, meetings galas and special events. The centre is considered to be the pre-eminent exhibition space in Australasia and has recently increased its floor space to accommodate the growing market in business tourism in Victoria.
Melbourne city is a leading destination for hosting business events. The Melbourne exhibition centre is estimated to contribute upwards of $260 million annually. There is a high demand for space and the centre is often booked out to its full capacity.
A new extension to be completed by 2009 will bring an additional 18 000sqm capability to the site. Architects Denton Corker Marshall have chosen a simple cost-effective design for the new exhibition space. It presents a good example of ingenuity and teamwork. The venue will be able to be subdivided into smaller elements by the use of an 11.5m high sliding folding doors which are suspended from 84m long spanning steelwork trusses that span over the column free display floor.
The rectangular shaped building covers an underground car parking space that can accommodate up to 1,150 cars. Ancillary buildings include a service pod, and an entrance foyer with a large cantilevered canopy, an administration office and a restaurant.
The existing exhibition space offers unparalleled 30,000sqm (323,000 sq ft) of clear span floor space.
The exhibition area can be transformed into smaller areas using 4 moveable walls positioned at 13 locations. This allows exhibitions of any size to be staged in up to five separate bays.
A variety of meeting rooms, organiser's offices, hospitality suites and a 493-seat auditorium complement the centre's exhibition space.
During the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games the exhibition centre served as a venue for a number of sports matches including badminton, boxing and weightlifting.
The Exhibition Centre located at 2 Clarendon Street, Southbank, is within walking distance to all public transport providing excellent access for trade and public shows.