13 March 2015 - The Adelaide Convention Centre’s West Building was recently opened to the public by Premier of South Australia, Jay Weatherill, as part of the week-long Made in SA exhibition.
The new facility marks the first completed stage for the AUD392 million development.
Aurecon has proudly been involved in both stages of the project, contributing a comprehensive range of services including: structural, civil, geotechnical, environmental, traffic, specialist vibration, fire, rail, wind and facade engineering.
Aurecon were also involved with the previous expansion, opened in 2000, and the original Exhibition Hall building.
“This project is very close to the hearts of our people who have contributed their skills and expertise over the years. As South Australian’s we are proud to be associated with a facility that brings so much benefit to the State,” commented Aurecon Project Director, James Trezona.
The redevelopment project includes an extension to the existing Adelaide Convention Centre and Exhibition Hall to facilitate an additional 4 300m² of column free exhibition space.
Stage One works included the expansion of existing exhibition facility to the West above the railway lines and linking the new structure to the Montefiore Road Bridge.
Aurecon Project Leader, Garth Rowland stated: “The West Building is more like a bridge than a building, spanning the constricted rail corridor with two mega trusses. The design solution involved a lot of considerations in order to construct such a structure safely and economically over an operational rail yard.”
The facility also incorporates the new Ball Room with elevated views of the Riverbank, along with other smaller meeting spaces
Stage Two works involves the design and construction of a new Plenary that replaces the existing Plenary building, first constructed in the 1980s, with a larger state of the art, multi-purpose facility.
The Adelaide Convention Centre’s most recent milestone success highlights the firm’s commanding portfolio of iconic Riverbank Precinct projects including the redeveloped Adelaide Oval, River Torrens Riverbank Footbridge, the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), and the recently announced Adelaide Casino expansion.
The revitalised facility is expected to generate an estimated AUD4.3 billion in tourism and related activity over the next two decades.
“Aurecon is committed to the growth of Adelaide and we’re optimistic that the city’s vision to become an economically competitive and culturally cosmopolitan epicentre has the potential to exceed expectations,” added Aurecon Managing Director – Built Environment, James Bennett.
“Our Built Environment Market is focussed on providing client service excellence in the delivery of high performing buildings/precincts which respond to future needs. Our contributions to the evolving Riverbank Precinct demonstrate our commitment to creating structures and precincts that inspire and innovate for all people, places and spaces.”
Stage Two of the Adelaide Convention Centre is scheduled for completion in 2017.