Local workers lead the way on South Wharf expansion

Published 17 January 2018

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - Works are progressing on the expansion of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and broader South Wharf precinct.

Up to 700 people – including up to 60 apprentices – are building the project, and when complete more than 900 new ongoing jobs will be added across the precinct.

Acting Premier James Merlino and Acting Minister for Major Projects Luke Donnellan joined Plenary Chief Operating Officer Glenn Hay, Probuild Construction Director John McManus and MCEC Chief Executive Peter King (all pictured) to inspect progress on site today.

The Victorian Government, Plenary and private sector partners have invested more than $350 million in the project, which includes a 20,000-square-metre expansion of MCEC, a new 347-room Novotel Melbourne South Wharf and a new 1,150-space multi-level car park – all fully connected and integrated with existing buildings.

The multi-level car park is complete, the new hotel will be open in March, and the expanded convention centre is scheduled to be finished mid-year.

View the latest time lapse video showing the progress of the South Wharf precinct expansion project

Plenary Chief Operating Officer Glenn Hay said many local companies are benefiting from the projects, such as Melbourne-based steel fabricator Stilcon which is providing nearly 3,000 tonnes of structural steel.

“Projects such as this are helping to create sustainable local industries, which bodes well for growing the capability of local suppliers,” Mr Hay said.

“Engaging local suppliers helps build local capacity to allow local businesses to work on other major infrastructure projects as they arise.”

View the steel’s journey from Sunshine in Melbourne’s west to the South Wharf site

The Victorian Government provided $205 million for the expansion of MCEC, and the State’s partner Plenary and its partners Flagship Property Holdings and Vicinity Centres are investing more than $150 million in the new hotel and car park.

Plenary was financial adviser and an investor in the $1.4 billion Melbourne Convention Centre project completed in 2009 and plays a key role in the expansion project and the ongoing asset management of MCEC.


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