On 30 August the second and final phase of the Adelaide Convention Centre expansion is coming to an end. After a nine-year journey and $397 million investment the new East Building will open.
For conference and event organisers, the expanded Centre boasts 20,000 sqm of usable space. It is now able to host much larger events across its seamlessly integrated three buildings and can also accommodate a number of smaller conferences and events simultaneously.
The centrepiece of the East Building is a new Plenary Hall with seating for 3,500. It can be arranged to accommodate at least 15 different configurations. Defining features include tiered, hinged seating, which is used to create a theatre-style auditorium, but when lifted, reveals a flat floor space to accommodate exhibitions or banquets; along with the world’s largest rotating seat drums. Set at the back of the Hall, the drums are two revolving auditoriums capable of seating 320 people each, and can be used as part of the Plenary or rotated 180 degrees to form two individual theatrettes.
According to Adelaide Convention Centre the East Building represents the first time these three technologies have been combined in one building.