Melbourne Park has embarked on the final stage of its $972 million redevelopment, which will see a new Function and Media Centre join the impressive line-up of arenas.
The $271.55 million Stage 3 is underway with the demolition of the existing function centre and more than 100 metres of the MCG Footbridge (or ‘Tube Bridge’) making way for major construction to begin
Melbourne & Olympic Parks will welcome in its place, a new Function and Broadcast Centre with the capability and flexibility to hosts both grand and intimate events.
Civic in design, this architecturally impressive concept is quintessentially Melbourne and will include 8.5m-high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows, that will project natural light across a generous 2,000 sqm pillarless ballroom and 800 sqm pre-function space.
On two levels, the upper floor will feature a 250-seat auditorium, an abundance of breakout rooms, Broadcast Studios and outdoor terraces with uninterrupted views of the Melbourne city skyline.
The new events centre will pay homage to the Australian landscape and promises to elevate the parks capabilities yet again sitting alongside some of the world’s most famous venues, whilst offering award winning Victorian wines and locally sourced seasonal produce.
Stage 3 will also deliver a new 5,000 seat Show Court Arena two new match courts and central logistics hub including a kitchen and loading dock; all due for completion in 2023.
Demolition will see more than 5000-tonne of concrete, brick and asphalt, and 250-tonne of steel removed and recycled.
Up to five trucks and other machinery such as ‘pulverisers’ will be used to remove debris from media and function centre and bridge, with a crew of 50 workers on site during demolition.