Transport planning and traffic engineering to support the expansion of a key tourism and economic generator for Melbourne.
The Melbourne Convention Centre expansion is a purpose-built venue that can accommodate 5,000 convention delegates. It’s located on the banks of the Yarra River, adjacent to and fully integrated with the Melbourne Exhibition Centre—making the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC). The MCEC is a key generator of Melbourne’s business tourism market and associated economic activity. This project’s goal? Facilitate the urban renewal of a former industrial site into a vibrant activity center that incorporates mixed-use retail, hotel, residential, dining, and entertainment.
We were initially commissioned by the Plenary Group to examine the traffic and parking impacts of the expansion and broader South Wharf Area. The expansion includes additional exhibition space, extensive multi-purpose facility spaces, a new 300-room hotel, and multi-story car-park.
Our report focused on ensuring that key safety, traffic, and car-parking requirements would be met by the development including impact on the number of car-parking spaces, car-parking access, traffic impacts, loading docks, and pedestrian and cycling access. With our report in hand, planning for the MCEC expansion was more likely to be approved: the urban renewal, facility expansion, and transport upgrades were shown to have a manageable impact on the surround transport network.
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