BCEC on Grey Street

South Bank, Brisbane, Queensland

BCEC on Grey Street is a major expansion of the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, but also a completion of the concept of the original building which was discontinued in 1996 due to a then dispersal of Government funds to other public projects.

The time delay has significantly befitted the overall facility in enabling its elements to meet the changed demands for conventions toward smaller, more boutique and more self-contained venues combining auditoria, meeting and exhibition spaces within discrete parcels.

The design, albeit by the same architects, does not mimic the original but reflects the changed functional demands in a new form and expression. This expression also responds to a site some 200 metres long and only 30 metres wide, creating what we refer to as an ‘architectural sentence’ of ‘clauses’ and ‘punctuations’ in both elevation and corresponding roofscape. In this way, a previously impoverished portion of Grey Street is enlivened, the building connecting the historical rail station it overlooks with the commercial and hotel heart of South Bank.

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State Commendation for Art & Architecture, AIA QLD 2013

South Bank Corporation and BCEC
Project Status
Completed, 2007-2012
Key Consultants
WSP (Lincolne Scott), Arup, RLB, RCP
Contractor / Builder
Lang O’Rourke
Gross Floor Area
Peter Hale
Arlyn Mangabat
Matthew Cavanough
Matthew Alder
Kristian O’Brien
Katie Holzberger
Philip Atkin
Stephen Gunn
Shane Marsh
Neng Sapphokha
Mohsen Rahmanian
Max Navius
Susan Desbrosses
Lauren Hickling
Sophie Benn
Stephanie Bourgeois
Natasha McGuffog
Madeleine Webb
Megan MacKenzie
Misha Lamb
Troy Rafton
Julian Farrell