Expanding MCEC - largest convention and exhibition space in Australia

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), located in Australia, is undergoing an expansion to help the world’s most liveable city retain its position as the meetings and events capital.

The 20,000-square-metre expansion includes 9,000 square metres of:

  • Flexible, multi-purpose event space
  • New exhibition halls
  • Additional meeting rooms
  • A banquet room
  • A new café and bar


When completed the new space will cement MCEC’s position as the largest convention and exhibition space in Australia,with an increased total size of more than 70,000 square metres.

The expansion is part of a larger South Wharf expansion project that includes 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 car park is complete, and the new hotel recently opened.

The Victorian Government provided $205 million AUD 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 AUD in the new hotel and car park.

Melbourne-based steel fabricator Stilcon is one of the many local companies working on the project, engaged by the project builder Probuild to manufacture and install the entire steel skeleton for the new exhibition hall, convention centre spaces and the car park.

Stilcon is providing a complete steelwork package – steelwork processing, cambering and painting, transportation to the site, and finally the onsite erection. All this is done from fabrication at their facility in Melbourne’s west.

Central to Stilcon’s work is the fabrication of five 85-metres-long trusses, weighing more than 70 tonnes each. Each truss is comprised of eight 21-metre modules, ranging from 5 to 10 metres in height.

The finished product, comprising of 4,300 tonnes of structural steel, combines the highest levels of strength with structural integrity and manoeuvrability for safe, stable installation.

Author: Tamara Stakic 

Republished with Permission.