Design paves way for Convention Centre fit for a capital


The reference design for the Australia Forum clearly demonstrates the new convention centre can be an iconic building in an iconic location which will draw visitors to the ACT, according to the Canberra Business Chamber.

“The design unveiled today by internationally-renowned architects Fuksas and Guida Moseley Brown is futuristic and classic at the same time,” Canberra Business Chamber CEO, Robyn Hendry praised.

“This is a building that will be admired for generations to come. “We are very excited that the design matches the significance of this building. As the capital of Australia, Canberra needs a venue that can attract and host major national and international meetings and is architecturally recognised like our other great institutions, such as Parliament House, Australian War Memorial, National Museum of Australia, National Library and the Australian National Gallery.”

“Canberra Business Chamber would like to commend the ACT Government on the process they undertook to develop a reference design for the Australia Forum. The success of this approach is evidenced by the exciting design released today.

“While construction of the Australia Forum is still at the planning phase and cannot become reality without future public and private sector funding, the reference design is an important step forward. We are pleased the ACT Government has supported this project to date and committed funds in the Budget to get the Australia Forum to investment ready stage.”

The site earmarked for the Australia Forum is the city edge of the Parliamentary Triangle.

“It is important we ensure this section of the Parliamentary Triangle houses a building of national significance to match its status as part of the heart of Australian democracy. We believe this design will be a catalyst to complete development of the Parliamentary Triangle and implement the City to the Lake plan.

“Canberra now has an international standard airport. Accommodation supply, particularly of four and five star hotels, has grown in the past two or three years. With the addition of a new convention centre Canberra will be able to claim its place as one of the most attractive capitals in the world.”

Research recently conducted by EY demonstrates the Australia Forum will strongly contribute to the ACT economy and employment in the region. The expenditure of delegates attending Australia Forum events is estimated at $3 billion in the first 20 years. This is $1.6 billion more than the current convention facility is anticipated to bring into the economy.

“The ACT’s economy and identity as the national capital will be bolstered by the city having a premier convention centre,” Ms Hendry said. “We look forward to continuing to work with the Government, business community and industry to make the Australia Forum a reality.”

Media Contact: Robyn Hendry, CEO Canberra Business Chamber 0418 462 151