Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Grey Street face of the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Address Cnr Merivale Street and Grey Street, South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Location South Bank
Coordinates 27°28′35″S 153°1′6″E / 27.47639°S 153.01833°E / -27.47639; 153.01833Coordinates: 27°28′35″S 153°1′6″E / 27.47639°S 153.01833°E / -27.47639; 153.01833
Owner South Bank Corporation
Operator AEG Ogden
Opened 6 June 1995 (1995-06-06)
Expanded 2012
Construction cost
A$170 million
$140 million (2012 expansion)
Classroom-style seating
20 (Concord Ballroom)
16 (Arbour Boardroom)
Banquet/ballroom 2,000 (Plaza Ballroom)
1,100 (Plaza Terrace Room)
600 (Boulevard Room)
300 (Sky Room)
150 (Arbour Lounge)
Theatre seating
4,000 (Great Hall)
620 (Plaza Auditorium)
430 (Boulevard Auditorium)
Enclosed space
  Total space 171,000 square metres (1,800,000 sq ft)
  Exhibit hall floor 20,000 square metres (220,000 sq ft)
  Breakout/meeting 3,722 square metres (40,000 sq ft)
  Ballroom 25,000 square metres (270,000 sq ft)
Parking Undercover parking for 1500 vehicles[1]
Public transit access South Brisbane railway station
Brisbane Bullets (NBL) (1998–2008, 2016–present)
Queensland Firebirds (ANZ) (2008–2016), (NNL) (2017–)

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) is a convention centre in Brisbane, Australia. It is located in South Brisbane and occupies most of the block formed by Grey Street, Melbourne Street, Merivale Street, and Glenelg Street. The centre is owned by South Bank Corporation and managed by AEG Ogden.[2]


Designed by COX Architecture, the BCEC was constructed by Leighton Contractors,[3] beginning in March 1993 with the demolition of World Expo Park.[4] The building cost $170 million and was mostly funded by the Queensland Government's sale of a casino license, with the remainder funded directly by the government.[4] The centre was completed in May 1995, and opened on 6 June.[2]


The design of an expansion to BCEC on Grey Street was approved in 2007.[4] Laing O'Rourke was appointed as the project's builder in June 2009 after a delay caused by budget issues, and construction began in 2010.[4][5] The project was completed in early 2012,[5] and opened on 25 January.[4] It cost $140 million and was funded by the Queensland Government.[4] The five-level expansion has 25,000m² of floorspace and includes two auditoria for 400 and 600 with accompanying foyer space, speakers’ facilities, and private boardrooms.


The building is 450 metres in length, 120 m wide and 24 m high.[6] The complex roof design is based on five hyperbolic paraboloids.[6] The building is stabilised by concrete shear walls and clad in steel. A car park is located on the ground floor.


BCEC hosts events such as the Brisbane International Boat Show, Home Show, Brides Wedding & Honeymoon Expo, World Travel Expo, graduation ceremonies for Griffith University and Southbank Institute of Technology, art shows, charity events.

The Centre was selected as the hosting venue for the 2014 G-20 Australia summit.[7]


Brisbane Bullets NBL 1998-2008, 2016-present
Queensland Firebirds ANZ 2008-present
Gold Coast Blaze NBL 2011-12

From 1998 until 2008 the BCEC Great Hall was the home of three times National Basketball League (NBL) champions the Brisbane Bullets. The Bullets moved from the previous home, the 13,500 seat Brisbane Entertainment Centre, due in part to dwindling crowds and the cost of playing out of the Boondall based stadium. During the 2011-12 NBL season the Gold Coast Blaze played two home games at the centre.

Since 2008 the Convention Centre has also been the home to the Brisbane-based Queensland Firebirds who play in netball's ANZ Championship. The Firebirds were a foundation club of the Commonwealth Bank Trophy (CBT) in 1997 and played at the 2,700 seat Chandler Arena. When the CBT was retired in 2007 and the ANZ Championship took its place the Firebirds moved to the new championship and also moved into the larger Convention Centre to be its second major tenant alongside the Bullets. The team also plays selected home games at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.

See also


  1. "BCEC Parking". Retrieved 2014-05-07.
  2. 1 2 Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. "About Us". Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  3. Leighton Holdings. "Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre". Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Canberra Convention Bureau. "Major Australian Convention Centres" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 February 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  5. 1 2 Laing O'Rourke. "BRISBANE CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE. BRISBANE. AUSTRALIA". Archived from the original on 30 March 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  6. 1 2 MacMahon, Bill (2001). The Architecture of East Australia. Edition Axel Menges. p. 206. ISBN 3-930698-90-0. Retrieved 9 December 2011.
  7. "Brisbane to shunned Sydney: 'Get used to it'". The Sydney Morning Herald. 11 July 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2012.
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