South Australia. The Adelaide Convention Centre redevelopment is officially complete, paving the way for thousands of conventions and events, expected to generate almost 1.32 bn Euros (2 billion Australian Dollars) in economic activity and support 1,200 ongoing jobs.
The Stage Two East Building – the final element of the 265 m Euros (397 m Australian Dollars) redevelopment – is opening today almost 30 years to the day that the original convention centre opened.
The East Building replaces the Original Plenary Building, the first convention centre in Australia, and follows the completion of the West Building in July 2015. Together, the East, Central and West Buildings deliver 20,000sqm of multi-purpose event space, offering sweeping views of the Riverbank precinct.
The centrepiece of the new East Building is a state-of-the-art 3,000sqm Plenary Hall. With a 3,500 seat capacity, the Hall can be divided into more than 15 configurations to accommodate a wide range of conferences, exhibitions, banquets and other events.
The facility features the world’s largest rotating seating platforms which can be rotated 180 degrees within minutes. It also features tiered hinged seating stored in the roof, which can be lowered to convert the room into a theatre-style auditorium, along with operable walls, which can be used to subdivide the space or retracted to open up the Plenary to full capacity.
Stage Two of the redevelopment also includes an 800sqm paved plaza fronting North Terrace, providing a striking entrance as well as an ideal space for trade or public displays.
Other highlights of the East Building include a spectacular aerial backdrop of more than 35,000 fibre optic lights creating a sparkling ‘starry night’ for banquet events; an elevated walkway connecting the East, Central and West buildings providing panoramic views of the Riverbank; and a new café court Home Ground, scheduled to open in November 2017.
The first major event to be held in the new East Building will be the 68th International Astronautical Congress in September, expected to attract more than 3,500 delegates including tech billionaire Elon Musk – the largest event of its kind ever held in Adelaide.