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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have lobbied for years for a new convention venue, arguing that Melbourne's existing 1500-seat centre is hopelessly outdated.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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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."
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This is great news! :D And it looks like another highrise tower on Southbank next to the Charles Grimes Bridge. Its almost an extension of Yarras Edge!
yer - going by YE1, looks like ~90m
Seems to fit in well with jeff shed. Hope they get it done by 2009, so they can get it ready for the convention. And more conventions = more money = better city! and its good that it is next to jeff shed, then conventions can go together, and have talks in the new center, and displays in the shed.

But another tower, yay, well hopefully another.
Fits in nicely from that render, I can almost see it now! Hopefully they get cracking soon, the sooner its done the sooner we can have those conventions :D

take it easy ladies

it's been mentioned many a time in this thread that the above is just a concept image, tenders were called yesterday for design & construction, commencing early 2006
big man who drives a Vectra and is too scared to catch Public Transport has spoken :cool:
yeah yeah back into that cave called upper beaconsfield
^lol :)

Edit:.......Oh yeah i kinda like the convention centre.
Some news on this one from of all places Epicure

Here's the gist
3 groups shortlisted - bank led groups (no mention of developers)
Macquarie Bank
Plenary Group (Deutsche Bank)

2 of the 3 consortia involve major food precincts with some of Melbourne's best chefs.

Tender expected to be awarded by October with construction to begin early next year.
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^I believe after the Commonwealth Games. And I'm sure Baulderstone Hornibrook and Multiplex were part of 2 of the three proposals.
Archibomber said:
^I believe after the Commonwealth Games. And I'm sure Baulderstone Hornibrook and Multiplex were part of 2 of the three proposals.
And the third builder was Lend Lease.
The three successful consortia invited to tender for the development in December last year were:

- Convene – Bovis Lend Lease (Builder), Spotless (Services Provider) and ABN AMRO (Equity)
- Melbourne Convention Centre Partnership ("MCCP") – Baulderstone (Builder and Services Provider) and Bilfinger Berger (Equity)
- Multiplex / Plenary Consortium ("MPC") – Multiplex (as Equity, Builder and Services Provider) and Plenary Group (Equity)
This is the DCM design for the proposed 18,000 square metre expansion of the Exhibition Centre that never went ahead:

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Grollo said:
The three successful consortia invited to tender for the development in December last year were:

- Convene – Bovis Lend Lease (Builder), Spotless (Services Provider) and ABN AMRO (Equity)
- Melbourne Convention Centre Partnership ("MCCP") – Baulderstone (Builder and Services Provider) and Bilfinger Berger (Equity)
- Multiplex / Plenary Consortium ("MPC") – Multiplex (as Equity, Builder and Services Provider) and Plenary Group (Equity)
Good timing for this thread.....I have been working on this project for the past 4 months, which have involved 70 hour long weeks of pure intensity!

It will be an amazing project for Melbourne (hopefully) no matter which team wins I write this, our final bid drawings are being printed and compiled to be lodged tomorrow!

most of the above is true, but as it is a hugely confidential project I can't say too much except that the MCCP team is not quite what is publicised above - Macquarie Bank (and another builder) took over from Bilfinger Berger / Baulderstones

the DCM image was done prior to the convention centre co-location intent.... part of the bids that get lodged tomorrow is masterplanning to incorporate that size of exhibition centre expansion on the site (as well as convention centre of 50,000SqM+, and commercial development). It will eventually go ahead when the government secures funding, but probably will only get the go ahead after 2008 when the convention centre opens!

by the way, architect teams are:

Convene: Daryl Jackson + TVS Crawford (american convention centre architects), and Peter Hunt (Perth based conevntion centre architect - did Gold Coast Conv centre)

MCCP: HASSELL + HOK (Convention Centre architects) with Bates Smart

MPC: NH Architecture + Woods Bagot with Larry Oltermanns (American Convention Centre Architect)
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^^^ Cool thanks for the info Fountainhead. Will there be renders of the proposals released tomorrow?
It is a shame that DCM didn't get a chance to design the new convention centre, the exhibition centre is an excellent building.
Also I hope the designs for the site take into account future market conditions and include a couple of aprtment/hotel towers rather than taking a short term view and not developing the site to it's full potential.
^^^ These kind of projects should always be done as international design competitions, at least in the first round. Whilst I understand they are trying to avoid the cost blowouts of fed square type experimental projects, there is no reason that proper buildability and economic assessments couldn't be a part of the later stages of an open competition.

I don't know what these designs will be like, and they be amazing, but Melbourne has IMO missed alot of opportunities in the last few years to really put itself on the map design wise. The examples I give are -

MCG - big, yes but compare this to the allianz arena or the beijing olympic stadium

Vodaphone - technically sufficient - architecturally awful.

Telstra - didn't even get the technical right - the minute I saw the design, I knew they'd have trouble with shadows and TV, and the grass not growing. The exterior looks like a factory.

CG Village - what an opportunity for urban design, sustainability etc.

Albert Park pool - ho hum suburban sports centre.

Fed Square proves that controversial architecture can be embraced publicly, and the MEC proves that design can be beautiful and technically/economically successful at the same time.
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^^^AGREE, AGREE, AGREE!! :yes:
Couldn't have said it better myself. :)
fantastic news!
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