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About the project

A stunning new Adelaide Convention Centre building inspired by the South Australian landscape will be the first stage of the centre’s $397 million expansion.

The second stage, also inspired by the South Australian landscape, will be an equally distinctive new high-tech plenary building, featuring a striking shape, roof structures and façade inspired by the cliffs, rock formations and escarpments of the Flinders Ranges.

The redevelopment will ensure the continued competitiveness of the Convention Centre and is estimated to generate an estimated $4.3 billion in tourism and related economic activity during the next two decades.  It is an integral part of the Riverbank Entertainment Precinct and will provide Adelaide with two of its most remarkable buildings.

Key features of the expanded Adelaide Convention Centre will include:

  • three distinct and individually iconic buildings which also flow seamlessly internally to host one single major event or three separate events concurrently
  • in Stage One, an additional 4,300 square metres of multipurpose convention floor space, associated pre-function spaces, multiple meeting spaces and 1000-seat ballroom built on a “bridge-like” structure over the railway tracks up to Montefiore Bridge
  • in Stage Two, replacement of the existing plenary building with a more functional, highly flexible, multi-purpose facility including capacity for up to 3,500 seats or 3000 square metres of flat floor space
  • a new urban boulevard (Montefiore Bridge) linking North Terrace to the Riverbank Promenade, incorporating delegate entry and vehicle drop off
  • revitalised and expanded public spaces in and around the Centre and surrounding buildings, and new pedestrian linkages to the River.

Key benefits of the project include:

  • the redevelopment of the Adelaide Convention Centre will further enhance Adelaide’s national and international brand – the ‘post card’ image for the City and South Australia
  • the State Government’s investment in the redevelopment recognises the vital importance of the Adelaide Convention Centre as a major catalyst for tourism and economic growth in South Australia
  • the redevelopment of the Adelaide Convention Centre will re-establish Adelaide as a premier national and international conference destination
  • redevelopment, designed in collaboration between Adelaide-based international architectural firm Woods Bagot and London based architect Larry Oltmans from Vx3, will provide Adelaide with two remarkable buildings, which combined with the existing facility,  provide a dramatic face to the river bank and to the world, as well as to emerging western precincts and the city
  • the redevelopment of the Adelaide Convention Centre complements other State Government investment to revitalise the Riverbank Precinct, and the design creates and enhances linkages and pedestrian connections to the Adelaide Festival Theatre, Adelaide Railway Station, Adelaide Oval, Casino and the surrounding entertainment and cultural precincts
  • a redeveloped Adelaide Convention Centre will provide new opportunities for economic development, tourism and employment, aligning with key elements in South Australia’s Strategic Plan, and helping to achieve a number of targets. This includes contributing towards increasing visitor expenditure in South Australia’s tourism industry from $3.7 billion in 2002 to $6.3 billion by 2014 and $8 billion by 2020
  • a redeveloped Adelaide Convention Centre will further enhance complementary developments such as the redevelopment of the Adelaide Oval, footbridge over the River Torrens and construction of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital and SA Health and Medical Research Institute.

The project is being delivered by a multi-disciplinary consortium including Woods Bagot (architects), Lend Lease (construction), Aurecon (structural and rail engineering), Bestec (mechanical and electrical engineering) and Thinc Projects (project management).

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