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SOUTH WHARF | MCEC Expansion | 2 Clarendon Street | 97m | 26L | Hotel

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Onsite works have already started

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has stated a more than $300 million expansion project.
The development will add new multi purpose event space, as well as space for new exhibition halls. Meeting and banquet rooms, a 331-room hotel and a multi-storey car park will also be developed.
Financed by the State Government, MCEC and the Plenary Group, the expansion is expected to generate an extra $167 million annually for the Victorian economy, and generate hundreds of job in Southbank.
Acting Premier James Merlino said the expansion would cement Victoria’s position as a one of the world’s best hosts.
“Victoria is the national leader when it comes to major business events, and this expansion will help keep our hotels full, our restaurants and bars buzzing and our economy strong,” he said.
At a Future Melbourne Committee meeting on May 17 the City of Melbourne was unable to consider the proposal after four councillors declared a conflict of interest.
The owner of MCEC has provided political donations to finance the election campaigns of four councillors, including Lord Mayor Robert Doyle.
The matter therefore fell to director city planning and infrastructure Geoff Lawler.
Mr Lawler said the project would go ahead with council approval, with the City of Melbourne to make submissions to MCEC to ensure appropriate bike paths for cyclists.
“We do not believe the Normandy Rd bike link, upon which the development will partly rely, is up to scratch essentially,” he said.
In addition to bike path upgrades in the area, the development will also add a bridge connecting the new car park to South Wharf DFO.
MCEC chief executive Peter King said business at MCEC would continue as normal during the expansion.
“We’re excited to continue our business as usual operations while our new building is constructed and we look forward to sharing more details as they become available,” he said.
The expansion is expected to be completed halfway through 2018.

http://www.southbanklocalnews.com.au/editions/article/mcec-begins-expans...

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redden's picture

Thanks for this, Mark. We need to amend the title: "Clarendon".

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Mark Baljak's picture

Done

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Melbourne Big Bird's picture

So i gather at the signage this is going to be a Novotel ?

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Melbourne Big Bird's picture

So i gather at the signage this is going to be a Novotel ?

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Mark Baljak's picture

Gold gold

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Mark Baljak's picture

Just about topped out already

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Adrian's picture

Wow that hotel has shot up I'll be honest I hadn't even noticed it going up !

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Laurence Dragomir's picture

Noticed the strips of cladding on the east side are staggered in three segments.

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redden's picture

As you were saying, LD. Thanks Glenn. That stretch of the Westgate Freeway is as intense as some American cities.

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?p=142130784#post142130784

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Aussie Steve's picture

If this isn't one of the worst highrise towers built in recent times, then I don't know what is. Cheap and nasty design on such a prominent civic site.

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Michael Berquez's picture

I don't mind it....it looks like it belongs in Las Vegas...but not terrible.

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3000's picture

My thought exactly, Michael. Very Vegas.

And no, the worst in recent years is easily Scape on Swanston or Vision.

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Nicholas Harrison's picture

Not finished yet.

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