The Royal International Convention Centre (RICC) is the first project undertaken by the Royal National Agricultural & Industrial Association of Queensland (RNA) and involved the regeneration of the existing heritage listed Industrial Pavilion. The new facility comprises the following across two levels:

  • 4,500m² of exhibition space
  • Three flexible halls totaling 3,213m² plus 600m² of foyer space
  • Seven meeting rooms of flexible combination totaling 630m² plus two board rooms
  • A 1,200m² commercial kitchen with the capacity of catering for 3,000 pax
  • 140 on grade car parks below the main exhibition floors
  • Porte Cochère
  • Elevator, escalators and stairs
  • Amenities.

Project Value:
Approx. $55 million
Year Completed:
2013
Sectors:
Entertainment
Refurbishment

RBG Client:
Lendlease / RNA
Primary Contractor:
Lendlease
Architect:
Cox Rayner
Robert Bird Group Services:
Structural Engineering
Civil Engineering

Key technical challenges

  • The primary tower structure consists of a composite slab and beam structure. Due to the long beam spans and thin slab, extensive analysis for footfall vibration was required to ensure the structure achieved code requirements and client expectations.
  • Working with the existing structure and developing design solutions that strengthened rather than demolished.
  • Extensive co-ordination with the mechanical engineer to develop a strategy that minimised beam penetrations and beam notches.
  • Differential shortening analysis with consideration of mega truss, steel structure, concrete structure and existing structural elements

Environmental performance

  • 5 Star Greenstar
  • 5 Star NABERs Energy and 4 Star NABERs Water ratings.

The works involved the demolition of the existing single level building whilst retaining the heritage-listed façade. The facade support system was designed by Robert Bird Group as an initial temporary support system, which would ultimately form part of the existing roof and wall structure of the new facility.

Another unique feature of the Convention Centre is its world-class custom-built operable ceiling grid system which can cut exhibition set-up time by up to a day. The RICC is the only centre in Australia to feature this state-of-the-art rigging system. The grid system features thirty 9m x 9m grids, each capable of a 700kg load and each fitted with power and network ports. They are able to be lowered by remote control for banners, lighting, audio visual equipment and other materials which can be fitted with ease and, importantly, without the need for scissor lifts.

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