King says the $200 million expansion to the MCEC is making ‘remarkable’ progress, and once completed, the new space will ‘cement MCEC’s position as the largest convention and exhibition space in Australia’, with an increased total size of over 70,000 square metres.
The 20,000-square-metre expansion includes 9,000 square metres of flexible, multi-purpose event space, new exhibition halls, additional meeting rooms, a banquet room and the Goldfields Café and Bar.
King says customer experience was front of mind when planning the design.
‘We want to ensure our facilities suit the needs of our customers, rather than constraining them to fit within our space,’ he explains.
Around 220 events have been confirmed for the new expansion space, commencing at mid-2018.
The expansion is part of a larger South Wharf expansion project 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. The multi-level car park is complete, and the new hotel will open in March.