Adelaide Convention Centre

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Enabling the centre to remain one of the world’s best

The Adelaide Convention Centre was the first purpose-built convention centre in Australia and is a world-class facility, internationally acknowledged as a leader in innovation, sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

Turner & Townsend Thinc is engaged by the South Australian Government to act as project manager for a major redevelopment of the complex. We are part of the same consortium that successfully delivered the previous extension to the complex in 2001.


The project is being delivered in two stages to enable the centre to remain operational throughout the works. In addition to the redevelopment of the centre itself, significant consideration is being given to how the works will interface sympathetically with the broader Riverbank Precinct Masterplan.

The project includes an early works package to relocate existing cooling towers on the site. The first stage will expand the existing facility westwards over the railway lines. Construction started in September 2011 and completion is due in late 2014. When this is operational the existing building will be demolished and a new building constructed.

Stage Two of the redevelopment will replace the existing Plenary Building (home of the first Convention Centre in Australia in 1987) with a multi-purpose, state-of-the-art facility with plenary capacity of up to 3,500 seats, and is scheduled for completion in 2017.

Turner & Townsend Thinc is working closely with Public Transport Services to mitigate risks associated with the rail corridor, over which the consortium will be building in parallel with their planned rail electrification.


Turner & Townsend Thinc is currently working in a collaborative environment with the entire project team including the Managing Contractor to deliver the striking new redevelopment.

The centre expansion should re-affirm the Adelaide Convention Centre as one of the world’s premier conference centres, ensuring it remains competitive in a very demanding market and boosting the economic and tourism contribution to the State of South Australia.