Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

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The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is a world class facility located along the Yarra River – the most versatile and advanced centre of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

The Melbourne Convention Centre development project was delivered as a Public Private Partnership project under the Partnerships Victoria framework. The Victorian Government contributed $370 million toward construction of the centre and the remaining commercial development was financed privately.

Major Projects Victoria managed delivery of the project on behalf of the Victorian Government.

The precinct provides an important link to Docklands and the city and is an exciting public space for all Victorians and visitors to enjoy.

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The Melbourne Convention Centre project:

  • provides a world class convention centre that positions Victoria competitively in the national and international convention and exhibition market
  • revitalises the precinct by providing a link between South Wharf and the Docklands area
  • provides a significant tourism boost to the state through the increased number of delegates attending conventions and exhibitions.

Accredited with the first six-star green star environmental rating in Australia for a convention centre, it offers visitors a mix of natural light and fresh air while using a range of power saving initiatives. The 5,000-seat Plenary Hall can be divided into three self-contained, acoustically separate halls, offering clients greater flexibility with their event planning.

Almost 1,800 jobs were created during the construction period and the convention centre will help to generate additional employment of around 2,500 jobs over the operating period.

The Melbourne Convention Centre attracts major local and international conventions, bringing large numbers of delegates to Melbourne.

The centre’s operator, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust, is working with the Melbourne Convention and Visitors Bureau to attract new convention business.

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Awards

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  • The 2010 Victorian Architecture Medal for successfully crossing design boundaries with awards in four categories: the William Wardell Award for Public Architecture, the Steel Architecture Award, an Award for Sustainable Architecture and the esteemed Melbourne Prize
  • A 2010 Australian Construction Achievement Award from the Australian Constructors Association and Engineers Australia
  • Recognised by the Design Institute of Australia for its contribution to Victoria’s next generation of public amenity – named as ‘Best in State for Commercial Design’ in addition to overall ‘Public Design’ at the 2010 Interior Design Awards
  • Short listed for the Built Environment category of the 2010 Premier’s Sustainability Awards
  • A 2010 National Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) Environmental Excellence Award and 2009 Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) Environmental Excellence Award (Victoria)
  • One of 24 buildings to be short listed for the 2009 MIPIM Asia Awards, which reward the finest real estate achievements in the region
  • One of 272 building projects that have made it onto the 2009 shortlist for the world’s biggest architecture contest – the World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards
  • A 2009 Green Supplier Gold Award that recognises environmental excellence and innovation within the international meetings industry
  • Top honours at the 2009 Australian Property Institute Victorian Division’s Excellence in Property Awards, winning the Investa Environmental Development Award and the President’s Award
  • A 6-star green star rating from the Green Building Council of Australia for innovative environmental design
  • A State Government Victorian Industry Participation Policy award for using local suppliers
  • A Government Partnerships Excellence award from Infrastructure Partnerships Australia
  • The prestigious Banksia Foundation Built Environment Award 2009, which recognises outstanding environmental features