"Despite constraints, all the great aspects of this site were in place the park, trains, hotels and shopping centres. This structure is a response to the surrounding precinct, and adds a dynamic edge to the park."
The building's exterior is a combination of stone, glass, expressed steel columns and a steel deck roof.
Inside, the four exhibition halls are on the ground floor. The main conference and banqueting facilities, and the Plenary Theatre are on level three, with support spaces on levels four and five.
An important aspect of convention centre design is separating the front of house from the back. Cox worked closely with the operators to fulfil this requirement.
There are two exhibition halls in each wing, which can be combined through a link hall to create 9,710m² of open space. The walls are neutral in tone, providing an ideal backdrop for any exhibition. The ceiling system is an open metallic grid, contrasting against a darker backdrop, which can be lowered in sections for attaching banners or signage. These grids have a total load bearing capacity of 100kg per three metres.
To allow maximum flexibility and functionality, the halls have a 9.3m clear ceiling height, with 8m x 6m vehicle access doors. Floors are strong enough to accommodate delivery trucks and forklifts.