MCEC Expansion Update – February 2018

By Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 27 February, 2018


MCEC Expansion Update – February 2018

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s (MCEC) 20,000 square metre expansion is rapidly taking shape.

As construction of the new space nears completion, MCEC is celebrating several important milestones including completion of the roof, the installation of the skylight over the central foyer space and the completion of the distinctive gold exterior panels.

In this issue, learn about some of the sustainable features of the expansion, and how MCEC is partnering with Novotel as they prepare to open their doors in March

DESIGNING FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
Every element of MCEC’S expansion has been designed to minimise its impact on the environment.

Accredited with a five-star energy rating, sustainability features include energy efficient lighting, solar hot water and the use of sustainable building materials.

One example of the sustainable approach to building materials is the wood panelling in the stunning Sovereign Room. All the panels in the room have been sourced from a single tree from Tasmania, which was salvaged from another construction project and has now found its home as one of the key design features of the new gala space.

TAKING SHAPE – SKYLIGHT INSTALLED
One of the expansion’s most distinctive architectural features, the raking skylight, was installed in January.

The skylight is located above the central foyer, and will flood the building with natural light and offer views of the Melbourne CBD.

PARTNERING WITH NOVOTEL
MCEC is looking forward to Novotel Melbourne South Wharf opening its doors from 16th March 2018.

Novotel’s General Manager, Glen Erickson, said the new build hotel will offer a mid-scale accommodation option for delegates attending events at MCEC.

“The new four star hotel boasts 347 rooms and suites over 26 levels and is complimented with direct access into the new Exhibition Centre. Novotel Melbourne South Wharf will be the ideal accommodation option when attending events at MCEC. We’re looking forward to being part of such a vibrant events precinct and working with MCEC to bring new events to Melbourne,” Mr Erickson said.

MCEC’s Customer Experience team has partnered with Novotel Melbourne South Wharf to provide site-tours of the new hotel and develop event bid proposals

DESIGN SWATCH
MCEC’s expansion is filled with design details that create a visual link to the South Wharf precinct and its history, and MCEC itself.
In this design swatch, take a closer look at the carpet pattern that will be found in the meeting rooms, pre-function and Sovereign Room, break-out and lounge areas. The custom design is an abstract of the MCEC ‘M’ logo, creating a visual link to the existing convention and exhibition centre.
SITE INDUCTIONS BEGIN
As MCEC’s expansion nears completion, site inductions will begin in April and May to prepare for opening.

Thank you to the many customers and stakeholders who participated in hard hat tours, your feedback and suggestions have helped shape our expansion and will ensure that we create Australia’s best event space.

MCEC invites you to continue following our progress in 2018.

Source: MCEC