The Adelaide Convention Centre has officially open the doors to one of the most modern, flexible and technologically advanced convention and events spaces in the world with the official launch of its new West Building in March 2013.

The new West Building, the first stage in a two-stage expansion, was launched with a series of business, arts and community events with the opening week program designed to showcase the building’s flexibility and versatility.

The views from the new West Building are captivating with sweeping vistas of the River Torrens from the majestic SAHMRI building around to the new Riverbank footbridge, redeveloped Adelaide Oval and beyond.

The Panorama Ballroom with its river frontage is the jewel in the crown and can cater for 600 for a gala dinner and 1,000 for a meeting or conference. Operable walls provide the flexibility for the Panorama Ballroom to be sub-divided into three smaller meeting spaces.

New Halls (LMNO) provide a multi-functional space can be sub-divided into six different configurations and Australia’s largest retractable lighting grids allow ceiling heights to be adjusted and shaped for each event.

A movable automated plenary facility, also the largest of its kind in Australia, can seat up to 1,000 and can be located in various locations within the Halls. Concerts for up to 3,500 can also be hosted in the space.

The expansion’s flexibility gives the Centre’s clients many more options when it comes to planning conferences and events. With three unique buildings that integrate seamlessly, the Centre can be opened up entirely for a large international conference or offer self-contained conferences within individual buildings.

The West Building has its own dedicated entrance with taxi and coach drop off points so delegates will enjoy their own unique arrivals and registration area without the need to cross events being held in other parts of the Centre.

Other key features of the West Building include the Riverbank Rooms which provide four additional meeting rooms which can be sub-divided or opened up into one large meeting room. The expansive Riverbank foyer opens up directly onto the Riverbank Promenade.

Additional space has also bene created with the City Rooms – a series of interconnecting meeting rooms with its own foyer space, registration areas and set-backs and an outdoor terrace overlooking North Terrace and the city.

The expanded Centre is already proving popular with 600 conferences, events and seminars already secured including 30 events each with more than 1,000 delegates. These events will bring 71,000 delegates to Adelaide and create 226,000 bed nights.

Work on the East Building, the second stage of the redevelopment, which replaces the existing Plenary Building (home of the original Centre in 1987) is already underway.

The multi-purpose, state-of-the-art facility will have plenary capacity of up to 3,500 seats. This stage is scheduled for completion in mid-2017.