Royal Melbourne Showgrounds Redevelopment
$108 million (total estimated investment government contribution 2005)
Service delivery commenced
Department or agency
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (formerly Department of Environment and Primary Industries)
Private sector partner
Initially, PPP Solutions - comprising Babcock and Brown (financier), Multiplex Constructions (builder) and Multiplex Facilities Management. Now International Public Partnerships Limited, Brookfield Multiplex and Brookfield Johnson Controls.
The redevelopment of the the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds has restored key historic buildings and built new facilities to create a flexible multi-purpose venue which can be used throughout the year.
The project aimed to:
- enhance the Royal Melbourne Show;
- build on the link between urban and rural Victoria;
- help Victoria’s agribusiness sector grow; and
- create a flexible, multipurpose events and exhibition precinct.
Features of the redeveloped site include a grand pavillion, a town square, revitalized main entrance and boulevard, new exhibition space and an outdoor animal competition area.
Two-thirds of the 27ha site has been developed as a show venue with some of the remaining non-core land to be subject to commercial redevelopment. The non-core land on Epsom Road has been redeveloped into a supermarket, shops, offices and a day care centre.
To progress the project the State formed a joint venture with the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (a not-for-profit organisation). Major Projects Victoria managed the construction phase.
The contract with PPP Solutions is to design, build, finance and maintain the showground facilities. The contract was executed on 22 June 2005 and is for a period of 25 years. The redevelopment involved building new structures and applying a much-needed facelift to old structures, in line with heritage requirements.
Commercial acceptance for the project was achieved in August 2006. As scheduled, the project was complete in time to stage the 2006 Royal Melbourne Show.
Royal Melbourne Showgrounds Joint Venture