BGIS takes on facility management of Geelong multi-use hub

by Helena Morgan
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Respected titan in sustainable and achievable facility management services, BGIS will oversee the facilities management services of the hotly anticipated Nyaal Banyul Geelong Convention and Event Centre precinct development.

With construction predicted to be completed in 2026, the $456 million centre will be nestled on the Geelong waterfront on Wadawurrung Country and encompass a purpose-built convention and exhibition space complete with a 1000-seat venue, two exhibition spaces, conference facilities and meeting rooms privy to generous views of Corio Bay. 

A milestone for Geelong will be ticked off via the centre eventually housing the city’s largest hotel – a 200-room Crowne Plaza Hotel backed by a $120 million investment. 

Part of the Geelong City Deal, the centre demonstrates Geelong’s advocacy for enriching educational opportunities in regional areas, as $130 million has been allocated to providing high-quality education and commercial spaces in the centre.

Victorian government sets sights on future-forward infrastructure 

The envisaged bustling and exciting mixed-use convention centre is being rolled out as a precinct partnership under the Victorian Government’s new infrastructure procurement framework.

Plenary Group – renowned independent investor and manager of public infrastructure – has signed up to fund, construct and maintain the centre for 25 years alongside the Victorian Government and various partners under the Geelong City Deal, federal government and City of Greater Geelong.

With BGIS overseeing facilities management services and Woods Bagot tasked with design and architecture, Plenary Group chief investment officer Paul Crowe is confident the centre will offer social and economic benefits to the region. 

“This is such a transformative project for Geelong – it will be a marquee addition to the waterfront and attract more visitors to the region,” says Crowe. 

Employment opportunities promised 

Over 1450 jobs will be up for grabs during construction, with Australian-owned contractor Built working with an array of local subcontractors and suppliers. Built has also confirmed the 28 local apprentice and trainee positions available will be prioritised to people from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

When operational in just over two years, the Nyaal Banyul centre will have capacity to support over 700 ongoing jobs. 

Crowe says the project exemplifies the rewards inherent in collaborative capital when invested alongside public funding. 

“We are very much looking forward to working in partnership with the Victorian Government to bring the centre to life,” concludes Crowe. 

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