World-class precinct for Geelong


Nyaal Banyul Geelong Convention and Event Centre

Built is transforming the 1.6-hectare Geelong waterfront site into a world-class precinct, with the construction of a purpose-built convention and exhibition space.

The Nyaal Banyul Geelong Convention and Event Centre precinct is the centrepiece of the Geelong City Deal, a collaborative partnership to transform Geelong and the Great Ocean Road by the Australian and Victorian governments, and the City of Greater Geelong. More than 1450 jobs will be supported during construction and 700 new jobs will be created once the precinct is open for the Geelong community.

Value: $456m

Client: Development Victoria

Architect: Woods Bagot

Completion date: May 2026

Built is committed to partnering with government, community organisations, and businesses to deliver city-shaping precincts that rejuvenate our regions and provide meaningful social and economic impact for our local communities.

The Nyaal Banyul Geelong Convention and Event Centre precinct will include the construction of the purpose-built convention and exhibition space, incorporating a 1000 seat venue, two large exhibition spaces, meeting rooms, conference facilities and flexible event spaces.

The precinct will also be home to retail spaces for food and beverage offerings, a large public plaza that promises to become a feature of the Geelong waterfront and a 200-room Crowne Plaza hotel.

The Plenary Conventions consortium comprises of Plenary Group as sponsor, investor, and asset manager across all elements, Built as builder, BGIS as facilities management services contractor and Woods Bagot as design and architecture lead.

A sophisticated program and staging approach was developed, with Built as the sole D&C contractor across the site, to leverage efficiencies of delivering multiple projects concurrently, with the Convention Centre and Hotel achieving completion at the same time.

“We are proud to partner with the Victorian Government, as part of the Plenary Conventions consortium, to deliver this architectural landmark for Geelong that will be a climate positive, world-class events space, while also providing critical social and employment outcomes,” said Andrew Morgan, Construction Director, Built. With more than 1,450 jobs being supported during construction, we’re proud to be working with a host of local subcontractors and suppliers to maximise local content and social outcomes.

Built is delivery partner of the innovative GCEC Early Engagement Social Procurement (GEESP) program, supporting on-the-job training for 28 local apprentices and trainees who have experienced barriers to sustainable employment.

Upon completion in 2026, Nyaal Banyul will support more than 700 ongoing jobs and will be one of the first major civic developments in central Geelong in line with the Central Geelong Framework Plan.

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