Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre Expansion Project
The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre Expansion Project, currently under construction, involves a significant expansion of current facilities and improved connectivity to this ever-growing precinct. Stage 2 incorporates a range of new state of the art exhibition and auditoria spaces which will encourage greater diversity of patronage and enrich the experience for the national and international public.
The centrepiece of MCEC Stage 2 is the Exhibition Hall which provides 9000m² of unencumbered space. This can be divided into multiple configurations supported by a range of breakout meeting rooms and outdoor events terraces. Access to the hall is via the new concourse link from the existing Exhibition Centre or via the new central Hub space, which will be the dynamic focal point of the precinct.
The Hub will be the new civic space for the precinct, a space to meet and connect, activated by a busy cafe. The Hub is also the central point to allow access to the multi-function space and a suite of meeting rooms, the larger of which are afforded direct back of house food service. These are further complimented by a new 450-seat Banquet Hall and associated pre-function facilities on Level 1.
Once completed, the additional space is anticipated to generate an additional 74,000 international visitors annually, resulting in an annual $167 million boost to the Victorian economy.