Our newest addition, the West Building, has turned one and already it’s mature beyond its year, having hosted an astounding 560 events over the 12 months.
This includes 76 conferences, which also took over all or most of the entire Centre.
The new West Building began operating as the Centre’s original plenary building, which dates back to 1987, was demolished to make way for construction of the new East Building – set to open in 2017.
The staged approach to the Centre’s $400 million expansion has ensured that it can continue to operate throughout construction to provide continuity for clients and to maximise the benefits to the South Australian economy.
Adelaide Convention Centre Chief Executive Alec Gilbert said the West Building’s flexibility and seamless integration into the existing Central building have proved to be key drawcards for event and conference organisers.
“Larger events using only the West Building have their own dedicated entrance so there’s little or no crossover with other events being held in other parts of the Centre,” said Mr Gilbert.
“In addition, we’ve been able to host more events simultaneously, which is vital in an era where events and conferences are becoming smaller but more frequent.”
Notwithstanding the success of the West Building, the real benefits of the Centre’s expansion will be realised next year when the East Building opens to create more than 4,000 sqm of event and conference space across the Centre.