Melbourne & Olympic Parks unveils its new Centrepiece

Set to open in 2021, the venue will be called Centrepiece at Melbourne Park.

Melbourne & Olympic Parks (M&OP) has announced the name of its new function and media centre, Centrepiece at Melbourne Park.

Scheduled for completion in late 2021, the venue represents the third and final stage of the precinct’s $972 million redevelopment.

The venue will include a number of event spaces across two floors, including a 2000-square-metre pillarless ballroom and a 800-square-metre pre-function area.

Meanwhile, the upper floor will comprise a 250-seat auditorium, 15 breakout rooms and outdoor terraces.

Lara Burnes, general manager at Premier Events & Experiences, said the team is looking forward to welcoming events from early 2022.

“Centrepiece at Melbourne Park will join our impressive line-up of venues, and be all-inviting for those looking for an unparalleled event experience,” she said.

Render of the venue’s interior

Centrepiece at Melbourne Park celebrates Australia

Leading the venue’s design, NH Architecture + Snøhetta director Hamish Lyon said the building pays homage to the native Australian landscape.

“The design of Centrepiece at Melbourne Park plays on the strengths of its location – the heart of the precinct’s parklands nestled next to the Royal Botanic Gardens and Yarra River, its proximity to the city, and the site’s proud sporting and entertainment history,” he said.

“It is distinctively Melbourne, intrinsically linked – physically, culturally and emotionally.”

Centrepiece at Melbourne Park render

Meanwhile, its food menu will showcase locally sourced, seasonal produce, driven by a paddock-to-plate philosophy.

Led by curated Delaware North executive chef Asif Mamun, the team will also explore collaborations with local Victorian wineries, breweries and distilleries.

Event bookings are now open for mid-February 2022 and beyond.

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