Major demolition work is underway as part of Stage 3 of the redevelopment of Melbourne & Olympic Parks (M&OP).
Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, Martin Pakula joined Minister for Priority Precincts Gavin Jennings this week to inspect demolition works ahead of the construction of a new function and media centre.
The Andrew’s Government has invested $972 million upgrading M&OP to ensure it remains a world-class sport and entertainment precinct, guaranteeing that the Australian Open remains in Melbourne until at least 2036.
The new function and media centre features pre-event spaces, interview rooms, a 200-seat auditorium and broadcast studios.
The function centre will include eight-metre-high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows, projecting natural light across a 2000sqm pillarless ballroom and 800sqm pre-function area. Across two levels, the upper floor will feature a 250-seat auditorium, an abundance of breakout rooms and an outdoor terrace with uninterrupted views of the Melbourne city skyline.
The centre’s architectural design will pay homage to the classic Australian landscape, while its food and beverage offerings are set to include award-winning Victorian wines and locally sourced seasonal produce, promising to elevate the Park’s capabilities.
“Melbourne has earned its reputation as a culturally dynamic city, boasting some of the world’s best restaurants, renowned art galleries and unparalleled sporting events,” said Lara Burnes, general manager, Premier Events & Experiences. “Our precinct has helped shape the city’s iconic entertainment legacy through its unique spaces.”
M&OP’s new centre will be positioned in the heart of the precinct and is scheduled for completion in 2022.
The $271.5 million Stage 3 redevelopment will also include construction of a new multi-purpose 5,000-seat sunken show court arena and a central logistics hub. All works on Stage 3 are scheduled to be completed in time for the 2023 Australian Open.
“Melbourne is the sporting and events capital of Australia and we maintain that title by continuing to invest in the best facilities, venues and infrastructure with projects like the Melbourne Park redevelopment,” said Pakula.