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Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre Car Park

Project Description

September, 2018

Budget: $1.5m

Architect: Woods Bagot & NH Architecture

Builder: Probuild

Client: Plenary

  • World-Class Event Venue

  • 5-Star Hotel Façade

  • Sensitive, Live-Operating Site

  • Complex Project & Extensive Night Works

Design, manufacture, delivery and installation of 2,200m2 of Custom Clad’s solid aluminium-based product to the new car park and entryway at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in Southbank.

Case Study

Delivered as a part of the $300 million expansion of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and broader South Wharf precinct for Plenary Group in 2018, the new façade elements are primarily featured in the entry space surrounding the new 1,150-space, multi-storey car park and the entrance to the Hilton Hotel.


Realising the vision for the project as established by Woods Bagot Architects and NH Architecture was essential and we spared no effort to fully understand the vision for the project and design a complete cladding solution which prioritised.


Due to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s status as a world-class event venue, combined with the renowned five-star Hilton Hotel and new Novotel Hotel, achieving the highest possible quality outcome was of the upmost importance.

Custom Clad worked closely with our trusted aluminium powder-coating specialists to create a bespoke gold-inspired finish that seamlessly blends with the existing brand for both the Convention and Exhibition centre as well as the Hilton Hotel.


Due to the requirement that both the Convention Centre and Hilton Hotel remained operational throughout delivery of the works, all façade installation activities were self-delivered by Custom Clad personnel in night-works only. The most notable single aspect of the work was the link bridge over the main vehicle access route, which required a very stringent traffic management strategy to deliver safely.

In addition to the complex nature of the live site, the large-scale redevelopment works and delivery of the new Novotel Hotel meant that more than 700 workers could be on site at any one time during construction. This added an extra level of logistical management overhead to ensure that the many different trades and subcontractor groups were able to maintain safe access throughout works.

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