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New convention centre, bridge for city's west
By Royce Millar
City Reporter
April 19, 2004

A new footbridge over the Yarra linking Southbank and Docklands will be part of a $330 million convention precinct the State Government is expected to announce in its April statement tomorrow.

The precinct's centrepiece will be a 5000-seat convention centre, or plenary hall, earmarked for the former Mazda site next to the Exhibition Centre, widely known as Jeff's Shed.

Business groups have lobbied for years for a new convention venue, arguing that Melbourne's existing 1500-seat centre is hopelessly outdated.

The State Government has been tight-lipped about details of the April statement and has refused to confirm whether the convention centre project would be included.

Government sources said they expected the project to be a public-private partnership, with a private group building the centre and leasing it to the government.

The managers of the existing exhibition centre - a government-appointed trust - are likely to run the new centre.

But the project will hinge on support from the Melbourne City Council, which will be under intense pressure tomorrow to contribute $43 million, including about $15 million for the bridge.

Yesterday's Government announcement that it would return control of Docklands to the council was clearly timed to encourage the council to support the convention centre.

Yesterday a town hall source said the council had demanded it get Docklands back in return for a contribution to the convention centre.

A private town hall briefing today will be the first formal council discussion on the project. A special council meeting to vote on the contribution has been hastily called for tomorrow to coincide with the April statement.

Lord Mayor John So strongly supports the new centre. He will have the numbers to approve a council contribution.

But the council is split, with as many as four of the nine councillors possibly opposed to council involvement.

Finance committee chairman and former Labor Party member Kevin Chamberlin said yesterday the council administration had confirmed that a large contribution would result in service cuts, a rate rise, or both.

If the convention centre was to be a public-private partnership the council should not contribute, he said.

The Committee for Melbourne called on the council to back the project.

"People come to these conventions with millions of disposable dollars and this has a remarkable knock-on effect for business in the city," executive director Janine Kirk said.

State MPs and councillors have questioned whether Melbourne needs a new centre, when existing venues such as the Docklands football stadium can seat 5000.

But the chief executive of the existing Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre, Leigh Harry, said that to compete for international conventions, Melbourne needed a centre with a large plenary hall, a large exhibition space, and plenty of smaller meeting rooms.

He said no existing Melbourne venue provided all three.

Mr Harry said among world cities Melbourne had slipped from fourth to 25th in the number of international conventions hosted.

He said that Melbourne's lack of convention capacity made it ineligible for 320 major international conventions.
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The full Economic plan document:$file/040321leadingtheway.pdf

looks nice and wordy, just freaking well implement it!
the first concept looks like an indoor Ice Hockey stadium you'd find in Canada:

GM Place in Vancouver

overall, that 2nd concept would be preferable - more towers to give YE some friends, dunno bout keeping those old warehouses - the boardwalk along there's pretty crappy.

thanks for the info grollo!

I think it's safe to say that this is probably what's going to drive development westward and connect Docklands to the "old City". I'd be willing to bet that this most certainly sets the precedent for massive development & concentration of between King and Spencer Street over the next 10 years. Lay low whilst this boom finishes its construction cycle, and the next won't be too far around the corner!

Bring it on :banana:

Convention hall 'must go green'
By Helen Westerman
August 4, 2004

The Property Council is calling for a 50 per cent reduction in energy use. The Victorian Government announced in April it would commit $367 million to build a new "world-class" convention centre and 5000 seat plenary hall into the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.
Picture:Craig Abraham

The Victorian Government needs to "go green" with the design of Melbourne's new convention centre or risk being uncompetitive against international centres, according to peak industry body the Property Council of Australia.

The call to develop the new centre as a green icon has been backed by the Green Building Council and the Energy Sustainability Authority.

But the PCA also warns a "token green effort" could undermine the project's viability, especially if the State Government sacrifices sustainability principles because they cost more.

The Victorian Government announced in April it would commit $367 million to build a new "world-class" convention centre and 5000 seat plenary hall into the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, as part of a redevelopment of Southbank.

Melbourne City Council will commit $43 million. This week it announced infrastructure spending around the centre, including $15 million for a footbridge to link the centre with Docklands.

The Government also wants to see private-sector investment of up to $400 million to develop hotels, restaurants and retail outlets around the site.

With planning in preliminary stages, the Government says the extent to which environmental standards and principals are to be included is still being considered. Expressions of interest will be sought in October.

But PCA executive director Jennifer Cunich says now is the time to ensure that the centre is developed as a "green icon".

"This project is an important one for Melbourne and Victoria to attract major conferences and it shouldn't be sacrificed as it's not going to come up soon again," Ms Cunich says.

The PCA is calling for a 50 per cent reduction in energy use, storm-water recycling, and for the project to plant native gardens to improve indoor air quality, recycle all demolition material and use "approved green building materials".

A yet-to-be-published Property Council paper claims Pittsburgh's David L. Lawrence Convention Centre in the US attracted 35 per cent more conventions in its first year by using "green" as a marketing feature.

However, Ms Cunich believes a competitive advantage could be lost if the Government opts for a development that simply has the lowest dollar value, rather than sustainability principles.

"It's my understanding there've been a number of projects that have had the opportunity to be more leading edge, but it's been weighed up against cost and decided that's not the way to go," she says.

A US survey found ensuring buildings were "green" added 2 per cent to capital costs. However, the argument is that this is recouped in longer-term operating savings and life-cycle costs.

Sustainable Energy Authority business director Megan Wheatley says sustainable innovation in some areas often leads to cost savings in others.

Grocon director and board member of the Green Building Council Daniel Grollo says the new centre offers Melbourne an opportunity to set new international benchmarks.

"To be the most sustainable convention centre in the world is probably not a bad marketing element," he says.


$10 says this is Grollo's next big project :)
Don't look at me.

Hardie said:
Sorry if this is already posted somewhere?
It doesn't take more than a minute to do a search for any previous threads.

Threads merged.

First booking for new convention centre
By Misha Ketchell
October 5, 2004

An artist's impression of the new convention centre.

Victoria has taken the first booking for its planned 5000-seat convention centre - a congress on internal medicine in 2010, the State Government has announced.

Premier Steve Bracks yesterday said 4000 delegates would come to Melbourne for the International Society of Internal Medicine congress. The event would generate an estimated $22 million for Victoria's economy, he said.

The $800 million convention centre is to be built on the Mazda site next to the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

Mr Bracks said Victoria would not have been able to host a conference of this size had the Government not decided to build the new convention centre, due to be finished in 2008.

The State Government has agreed to invest $367 million in the centre and is seeking almost $400 million from the private sector.

The Government hopes to enter a public-private partnership to build a hotel, restaurants and shops, and possibly a residential development, around the centre.

Lord Mayor John So said the Melbourne City Council had agreed to invest $43 million in the project and the money would be spent on infrastructure in the area.

Tourism Minister John Pandazopoulos said the 2010 conference would raise Victoria's international profile, particularly among business leaders and scientists.

Opposition major projects spokeswoman Louise Asher said the Government had put the cart before the horse in announcing a convention when the buildings were unfunded and there was no developer.

"It would be preferable to announce who is going to build the project," she said. "Given the Government's track record, it is unlikely the centre will commence operations by 2008, and I wish the Government well for 2010."
yer - going by YE1, looks like ~90m
big man who drives a Vectra and is too scared to catch Public Transport has spoken :cool:
New line-ups bid for Docklands
Mathew Dunckley
10 November 2005

Consortia led by Lend Lease and Multiplex will go head to head as preferred bidders for the $350 million Melbourne Convention Centre project, the Victorian government announced yesterday.

The announcement followed a late rejigging of the unsuccessful Melbourne Convention Centre Partnership (MCCP) bid, which was backed by Macquarie Bank.

The Lend Lease consortium, Convene, includes services provider Spotless and ABN Amro, while Multiplex is teamed with the Plenary Group.

They are competing to build and manage the 5000-seat centre at Southbank through a public-private partnership agreement estimated to be worth about $350 million.

The contract includes a 20-year deal to run the existing exhibition centre, known locally as Jeff's Shed after former premier Jeff Kennett.

It will also require the design and construction of a pedestrian bridge, linking the north side of the Yarra and the Docklands.

Earlier this year Baulderstone Hornibrook and German parent Bilfinger Berger quietly withdrew from the MCCP bid.

Macquarie Bank then stepped up to take over leadership of the bid bringing in Leighton Holdings - which is also the contractor on the embattled Spencer Street Station PPP project - but no announcement was made at the time by the government or the parties involved.

Last year, Leighton's boss Wal King savaged the state government's approach to PPPs, describing it as a "master-slave relationship".

None of the parties were willing to comment when contacted by The Australian Financial Review.

The process has been a long one and the convention centre is already more than a year behind schedule. It is now expected to be completed late in 2008 and delivered in 2009.

Mr Lenders said the changes in the consortia took place in April after a "legal and probity evaluation".

Macquarie Bank had always been a member of the MCCP consortium, he said.

"Today's announcement is a significant step in the construction of Australia's largest convention and exhibition precinct," Mr Lenders said.

"The evaluation process, including an assessment of what bid offered the best value for Victorian taxpayers, found these two bids came closest to addressing our requirements."

Mr Lenders said negotiations with the remaining consortia would now start to clarify construction, design, services and commercial details of each bid.

A decision on the successful contractor would be made early next year with construction expected to begin after the Commonwealth Games in March, he said.

The government estimates the centre will contribute an additional $197 million annually to Victoria's economy and create 2500 new jobs each year over 25 years.


who wants to start haggling Daryl Jackson for renders? :happy:
nice & cohesive.

I like the look of this car park:

(I originally thought it'd take up much of that land?! weee more space!)

*sigh* read next time tays.
[Insert Blues Point Tower here], that was definitely a risk, and it became a cancer! :lol:
I like the Bridge. The Plenary hall is very European-continental parliament / UN-esque EH.
The flash movie on the website has the new Hotel, other mixed use tower & a 3rd design in it, according to el Maestro.
can just see you tearing around the joint in that screaming like a banshee Favco ;)

OK to expand convention project
Clay Lucas and Royce Millar
February 21, 2007

THE builders of the controversial $1 billion Melbourne Convention Centre have been secretly given permission to expand the project, a decision that has angered Melbourne City Council and the State Opposition.

There is also growing anger that the State Government has failed to publish a contract with developer the Plenary Group on the Government website, despite vowing to do so last year.

Planning minister Justin Madden has granted the consortium approval to expand the Hilton Hotel on the banks of the Yarra by five storeys to 19 levels.

And the minister is set to consider a request from the consortium to increase a retail and residential tower that is part of the project by nine storeys to 30 storeys.

The news has increased anxiety within the State Government over the use of public-private partnerships (PPPs) to deliver major public infrastructure.

Senior figures within the Government fear the Plenary Group's plans for the commercial and residential aspects of the massive project will create an eyesore on the banks of the Yarra.

There are fears of a repeat of Southern Cross Station, where many believe a cutting-edge train station design was spoiled by the addition of a massive discount retail centre next door as part of the PPP.

There are similar concerns that the elaborate five-star Convention Centre may also be compromised by an inferior retail precinct next door.

The same architects that worked on the Spencer Street discount retail centre are working on the retail aspects of the Convention Centre.

The Age believes State Architect John Denton has raised concerns about the project. He wants the design of the retail and commercial aspects of the development to mesh better with the cutting-edge Convention Centre design.

The State Opposition yesterday attacked the Bracks Government over both the Convention Centre development, and its handling of PPPs.

"This is a government that promised openness and transparency and yet, 12 months on, a secret contract remains hidden from public view or is yet to be formally signed," Major Projects spokesman David Davis said.

Yesterday the Government's Major Projects office blamed the Plenary Group for the delay in publishing the project's contract.

In October an all-party Public Accounts and Estimates Committee found that the lack of public documents on PPPs prevented the committee from concluding whether PPPs were delivering value for taxpayers' money in Victoria.

Soon after, Treasurer John Brumby pledged that, if re-elected, Labor would be more open about PPPs including publishing value-for-money and public interest statements within three months of a PPP deal being closed.

The $1 billion convention centre deal with the Plenary Group was announced by Steve Bracks on February 22 last year.

The Plenary Group last night released a statement saying it was happy to build the extra levels on the Hilton Hotel "at no cost to government".
^ lol.
silvermb, please.
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