Early works start on Geelong Convention Centre27/01/2022
Early works have commenced on the much-anticipated Geelong Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCEC), to prepare the site for major construction.
The preparatory works include geotechnical investigations, which are an essential part of the construction and will help prepare the land for the project’s development, ensuring that future designs take into account all relevant site considerations.
The precinct will include a 200-room luxury hotel and commercial spaces, and a 1,000-seat plenary venue which will be developed with 3,700 square metres of flexible multipurpose space to allow large and small events to run concurrently.
The GCEC will support 600 jobs during construction and an additional 270 ongoing jobs once complete. The hotel will further boost employment opportunities and strengthen the region’s visitor economy.
Next steps include an industry briefing for architects, designers and builders. The briefing will take place next month, followed by an Expression of Interest (EOI) process.
Details of commercial opportunities to activate the precinct and create better connections to the CBD and Western Beach, such as the hotel, will be determined through the EOI process.
The Victorian Government is contributing $261 million to the project, with the Australian Government contributing $30 million and the City of Greater Geelong contributing $3 million – bringing the total project value to $294 million.
The project is funded through the Geelong City Deal – now valued at more than $500 million – which is a 10-year plan to revitalise Geelong through critical infrastructure.
Visit Geelong City Deal for further information.