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Melbourne World Congress Centre

In the 1980s the Victorian State Government earmarked a site between the World Trade Centre and Spencer Street for a facility that would include a hotel, an exhibition hall and a conference centre.

The combination of these elements and the need to ensure 24-hour access for people and vehicles made this a challenging project. Grocon met that challenge. From sketches provided by the government they documented and constructed a convention centre, a 400 room four star international hotel and a 700 space car park.

Work commenced on the site on 1 July 1987 and was completed in December 1989. With the construction of the hotel curving over the river, at times this job was more bridge building than tower building. The completed project was hailed by some, criticised by others, but the Grollo team were proud of their work, which delivered a unique complex despite the many design and location challenges.

Since 1989, a new Convention has been constructed across the river and the buildings at the

Grollo Community

  • 400 room hotel overlooking the Yarra River

  • 700 space car park

  • Major conference/exhibition centre

  • interior roadway

  • Completed: 1989