Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
The centre has a floor space of 16,000 square metres (172,223 sq ft) and can cater for 5,000 delegates. It contains state-of-the-art technical facilities, six exhibition pavilions, a 2,500 seat tiered theatre, banquet/ballrooms and 23 meeting rooms.
Richard Court, the then Premier of Western Australia, announced in 2000 that a contract had been signed with Multiplex after five months of negotiations. Construction was to commence in June 2001 and the Centre was to be completed in late 2003.
Built by Multiplex at a cost of A$225 million and officially opened in August 2004 by the Hon Dr Geoff Gallop, MLA, Premier of Western Australia, its construction was extremely controversial, owing to an overblown budget and an unprepossessing external appearance. It has been described as a "Soviet-era mausoleum" and a "giant grey cockroach", as well as a white elephant whose financial viability has been questionable. However, it made it possible for Perth to host the 2011 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), with heads of state and official delegates of more than 50 member countries.
It is WA's only purpose-built convention centre and can cater for functions of up to 5000 delegates. The project was aimed at attracting major conventions to Perth, with the State's tourism and hospitality industries in mind.
The centre has two public lifts, one travelling from the underground car park, through level one, concluding at level two; the other from level two to level three.
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