Designed by Woods Bagot and Melbourne, Australia-based NH Architecture, along with international developer Plenary Group, the expansion of the existing Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) will maintain its architectural quality and leading benchmark status in the Asia-Pacific region for hosting delegates. The 20,000-square-meter expansion includes an unencumbered 9,000-square-meter exhibition hall which will be linked to the existing 50,0000-square-meter MCEC, in addition to a range of associated meeting and banquet spaces, while being supported by an efficient and flexible architectural layout.
At the western end of the site, a new 331-room hotel and multilevel carpark will also be added. The centerpiece of the new MCEC expansion will be the exhibition hall. Designed to mirror the spatial dimensions of the existing exhibition center, the hall will also be supported by a network of floor pits on a six-by-nine-meter grid which will be consistent with the adjoining facilities.
The space can further be subdivided with the ability to create a multi-function event space for up to 1,100 people. To access it, a new concourse will be integrated. Linked to both the existing exhibition center concourse and the main plenary foyer, this hub will act as a communal area for people to interact. The facilities will be complemented by a new banquet room for up to 450 people, connected to the hub via escalators and a grand staircase. Construction on this project is expected to be completed in 2018.