The redevelopment project is being delivered in two stages, with the first stage – the new West Building – opening to the public in March last year.
Stage two of the redevelopment will see the original Plenary Building, which in 1987 became the site for Australia’s first Convention Centre, replaced with a multi-purpose facility with a 3,500-seat capacity.
Adelaide Convention Centre chief executive Alec Gilbert said he has had more than 60 conference event enquiries for the East Building already. Its first major event will be the 68th International Astronautical Congress in September 2017 for 3,500 delegates - one of the largest conferences ever to be held in Adelaide.
The next step in construction is external façade work and glazing, which begins next month.
"The new buildings enable the Centre to cater and bid for more events and larger events. This in turn generates significant economic and cultural benefit for South Australia," said Gilbert.
Since its opening in March the West Building has hosted 380 events, including the Associations Forum National Conference, the Professional Conference Organisers Association Conference and Exhibition, and international tourism conference Dreamtime 2015, welcoming 35,000 interstate and overseas visitors to Adelaide.
The redevelopment of the Adelaide Convention Centre is part of a $3bn AUD investment in Adelaide’s Riverbank Precinct. When complete the centre will operate as a single, unified complex, or as three stand-alone venues, with dedicated arrival points and distinct identities.
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