Work in the South Australia capital on the second stage of Adelaide Convention Centre’s AUS$400m expansion has reached a key phase with the ‘topping out’ milestone, installation of the highest point of the redevelopment, now complete.
Construction of the East Building, which stands more than 30 metres above Adelaide’s Riverbank promenade level, began earlier this year and is scheduled for completion in mid-2017.
Adelaide Convention Centre’s redevelopment project is being delivered in two stages, with the first stage – the new West Building – completed and opened to the public in March 2015. This first stage saw the centre expand westwards, over the railway lines, to link with Morphett Street Bridge and the developing medical precinct.
Stage two of the redevelopment replaces the original Plenary Building, which in 1987 became the site for Australia’s first Convention Centre. This stage features a multi-purpose, state-of-the-art facility, with a 3,500-seat capacity.
Adelaide Convention Centre chief executive Alec Gilbert said topping out is an exciting milestone in the construction schedule. “It’s a fantastic moment for us here at the Centre, and the many local contractors who are working on the project,” he said.
“The redevelopment remains on track in time for the 68th International Astronautical Congress in September 2017, which will be one of the largest conferences ever to be held in Adelaide. There will be 3,500 delegates descending on Adelaide for the event.”
He said the next step in construction is external façade work and glazing, which begins next month.
Since the opening of the West Building in March last year, 380 events have already been hosted using the West Building. Conferences, conventions, business events and gala dinners have bought 35,000 interstate and overseas visitors to Adelaide.