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New Adelaide Convention Centre

The Project
The ACC operates in a highly competitive global convention and exhibition industry which demands larger, multi-purpose spaces with the latest in facility quality and service.

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.

It will further enhance Adelaide's national and international brand - the ‘post card’ image for the City and South Australia and assist the Riverbank Precinct realise its full potential.

The Timeframe
The redevelopment will be delivered in two stages. Construction of the first stage, which expands the existing facility westwards over the railway lines to link with Montefiore bridge, commenced in late 2011.  The building came into use in February 2015 and external public realm works were completed in April 2015. The new west building was officially opened by the Premier on 13 March 2015.

Stage two, replacing the existing plenary building is underway and scheduled for completion in mid-2017.

The Design
A redeveloped ACC will create one of the largest, most flexible and up-to-date meeting places in the world. Key features will include:

  • three distinct and individually iconic buildings which also flow seamlessly internally to host one single major event or three separate events concurrently
  • a striking built form shape, roof structures and facade inspired by the South Australian landscape, particularly the layers, striations and colours of the cliffs, rock formations and escarpments of the Flinders Ranges
  • 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

Construction Impacts
The construction of the new buildings will be extremely challenging and will require significant planning, particularly as the work needs to be undertaken over existing rail lines and close to busy roads such as North Terrace, Montefiore Road and Festival Drive.

An additional complexity is the close proximity of other commercial operations including the Intercontinental Hotel, Adelaide Railway Station and Riverside office building.

Construction impacts such as noise, dust and vibration will be managed to minimise disruption where possible.

At times speed and access restrictions around the constrained work site will need to be put in place. This is necessary to ensure safety and provide the public and contractor with reasonable access to various parts of the construction site.

The aim is to keep these restrictions to a minimum and avoid where we can inconveniencing the public.

Construction Facts and Figures

  • the new composite plaza floor for Stage 1 includes 1,700 tonnes of structural steel
  • the exhibition superstructure will comprise approximately 5000 tonnes of structural steel once completed
  • Stage 1 provides an additional 4,300 square metres of convention floor space
  • Stage 1 also includes two 300 tonne steel trusses, each 80 metres in length that sit on top of concrete pillars in the Adelaide rail yard
  • the project so far has provided 95 per cent of the work by value to local sub-contractors
  • Total number of people to date who have been inducted by Lend Lease - approximately 4500

Project Cost
A budget of $397 million has been allocated for the redevelopment.

The redevelopment is cost effective and will provide the State Government with a return on investment in more than simple economic terms.  Specifically it will:

  • enable the ACC to continue to grow its business and compete effectively nationally and internationally in the convention / exhibition market
  • further enhance Adelaide's national and international brand - the ‘post card’ image for the City and South Australia
  • reinforce the role of ACC as a major catalyst of economic and tourism activity for the State
  • assist the Riverbank Entertainment Precinct to realise its full potential.