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MCEC expansion tendered

11 Feb 2016

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By Jack Hayes

As the expansion of Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) draws nearer, three top-tier construction contractors tussle to secure the lucrative deal.

Brookfield Multiplex, Probuild and Watpac are the contactors shortlisted by leading infrastructure developer Plenary Group to compete for the 20,000 sqm expansion.

Additional exhibition space, a 1100-seat theatre and multi-function space, meeting rooms, a new banquet hall, extra car parking and a hotel to provide additional accommodation all feature in the current expansion designs.

Plenary Group principal John O’Rourke said the competition among the three heavyweight contractors was a healthy one and ultimately benefitted Victorians.

“We have shortlisted contractors best suited to provide the most competitive tender outcome as part of the state’s procurement process,” he said.

“Being a significant investor across the entire South Wharf precinct, Plenary is perfectly placed to bring the expansion project to fruition.”

MCEC chief executive Peter King said the expansion would significantly expand the South Wharf precinct, offering a range of flexible spaces to meet the changing needs of the business events industry.

“Melbourne has led the growth of this industry globally for the last decade and this expansion will ensure MCEC retains its position as Australia’s number one business events destination,” he said.

“MCEC is working with the Victorian Government and Plenary on final designs to create what will be a fully-integrated precinct that will be the envy of Asia Pacific.”

Contractors will be chosen in the coming months with construction expected to begin in the first half of 2016 and the expansion to be opened in 2018.

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