We are going to be the newest, twice!
The Centre expansion will re-affirm our facility as one of the world’s premier conference centres, ensuring we remain competitive in a very demanding market and boosting the economic and tourism contribution to the State of South Australia.
The redevelopment program will be delivered in two stages.
The first stage will expand the existing facility westwards over the railway lines to link with Morphett Street bridge. Construction started in September 2011 and completion is due in time to host the World Aquaculture Conference in 2014.
Stage Two of the redevelopment will replace the existing Plenary Building (home of the first Convention Centre in Australia in 1987) with a multi-purpose, state-of-the-art facility with plenary capacity of up to 3,500 seats, and is scheduled for completion in 2017.
The striking design is inspired by the South Australian landscape and was put forward by Adelaide-based international architectural firm Woods Bagot in association with London-based international architect and Vx3 founder Larry Oltmanns.
Watch a fly through of the expansion or watch the construction taking place via the ACC solar powered web cam below.
Key features of the expanded Adelaide Convention Centre will include:
- A striking built form shape, roof structures and facade inspired by the South Australian landscape, particularly the layers, striations and colours of the cliffs, rock formations and escarpments of the Flinders Ranges;
- Three distinct and individually iconic buildings which also flow seamlessly internally to host one single major event or three separate events concurrently.
- The Stage One extension includes an additional 4,300 square metres of multipurpose convention floor space, associated pre-function spaces, multiple meeting spaces and a ballroom built on a “bridge-like” structure over the railway tracks up to Morphett Street Bridge;
- A new alternative main entry including pedestrian and vehicle drop off from Morphett Street Bridge;
- A new urban boulevard (Montefiore Road) linking North Terrace to the Riverbank Promenade;
- A new main loading dock accessed from North Terrace.
- Demolition of the existing plenary building constructed in the 1980s and its replacement with a more functional, highly flexible multi-purpose facility as Stage Two of the redevelopment including plenary capacity of up to 3,500 seats or 3000 square metres of flat floor space. This venue can be subdivided and configured within minutes as pre-function space, ballroom, exhibition or plenary space – all of which realises the primary financial and economic benefits of the redevelopment.
Read the Business In Focus Adelaide Convention Centre expansion feature written by John Boley by clicking on the download button below:
WALDRONSMITH Management RANZCOG 2010 ASM
The event organisers at the Adelaide Convention Centre are worth their weight in gold - absolutely outstanding... as was everyone else, including the lovely ladies at the reception desk and the AV technicians who were reliable and had everything under control throughout the event.