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Mice Net : October 2008
news centre of attention The AdelAide Showground is set to return to its premier position in the Australian exhibition venue landscape, undergoing a major upgrade and expansion. Brad Foster spoke to Ceo John rothwell and Coo grant Piggott about the developments. A new 8000 square metre exhibition facility together with a 16,000 square metre landscaped outdoor exhibition and entertainment area should have exhibition companies hopping with joy in the knowledge they now have 26,300 square metres of integrated, air-conditioned exhibition space in which to create fantastic events. According to chief executive John Rothwell, the new facility is pillar- free and cutting edge in design, and connects directly to the Jubilee Pavilion. Part of the multi-million dollar refurbishment involved demolishing existing buildings to make way for the new facilities. The Goyder Pavilion as it is now known, has also taken great environmental considerations into its design. “In the demolition of the existing buildings 80 per cent of the building’s materials were recycled,” Mr Rothwell says. “With the design of the new building the brief was to maximise the current knowledge of responsible building design.” And it appears as if that has certainly been done. The project embraces energy-saving design characteristics in the new building with the construction of underground water tanks designed to store 3.5 million litres of water captured from the new development’s extensive roof space. Further, one thousand kilowatts of solar panels will be installed on the roof, making it the largest rooftop photovoltaic installation in Australia – five times the size of the next largest installation at Melbourne’s Victoria Markets. The solar panels will generate 1400 megawatt hours of solar energy – the equivalent of powering around 200 South Australian homes per year, and save around 1400 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per annum. “This will be a bit less than half of the showground’s usage,” Mr Rothwell says. “The businesses that we now speak to are very much aware of the 48 mice.net whole environmental debate. There is at least one event that I know of where the organiser asks us to include what the environmental credentials of the venue are.” Mr Piggott says the new venue, which passed its first big test in September with the Royal Adelaide Show, should be able to secure more business because of the larger, more user-friendly design. “We have about 120 headline events here per year,” he says. “Our main core business is in the trade and exhibition area, with over 30 events a year. We believe there are a number of public and trade events that we can now secure.” Lean and green Environmental initiatives in the construction of the new Goyder Pavilion include: • $1.3 million for underground water storage to harvest and store 3.5 million litres of rainwater run-off from the building for reuse in toilets, irrigation and water features associated with the new exhibition building; • $ 8 million on photovoltaic panels to power the building and to use throughout the showground; • Passive relief air paths within the exhibition building which can operate in natural ventilation mode under suitable conditions; • Sky lights provided in circulation, toilets and gallery areas to reduce reliance on artificial lighting and provide good daylight levels; • High efficiency addressable and dimmable fluorescent lighting in the main hall minimising energy wastage due to excessive light levels; • A windmill will pump water from underground tanks to a header tank supplying energy-free water for street tree watering; • Improved public transport facilities in new forecourt to access the showground via the main arterial road; and • 80 per cent of demolition materials were recycled.