The national expansion of audiovisual group Scene Change continues, opening new offices in both Brisbane and the Hunter Valley.

Both new offices have newly-built convention venues as foundation clients.

Scene Change Brisbane is operating in-house AV at the new Grand Chancellor Hotel Brisbane Conference Centre, which opened in April. The two-level centre offers abundant natural light and views across the scenic Roma Street parklands. It can hold a 500 person sit-down gala dinner in the ballroom while holding another 350 person dinner in the ground floor conference rooms.

“We are offering a five-star function facility at four-star prices which is proving to be a big drawcard,” said Grand Chancellor Queensland area general manager, Peter Yared.

Designed by renowned architects Cottee Parker, the building has already become something of a landmark in Brisbane. The development will also see another 36 accommodation rooms added to the hotel.

Gareth Percey, well known in the industry as head of sales for Scene Change Hobart, has moved north to lead Scene Change Brisbane, taking an equity stake in the business. Percey is excited by the potential of the new venue.

“It isn’t often you get a chance to work with an all-new venue to design the AV from the ground up. It’s fully digital from top to bottom; we can control it with iPads from anywhere,” Percey said.

Scene Change has also opened a major operation in the Hunter Valley, built around winning the AV contract for the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley. The Crowne Plaza’s newly-built conference and events centre can cater for up to 1600 delegates with its pre-function, meeting and exhibition space. The new centre was opened in February, expanding what was already the dominant conference venue in the Hunter region.

The Crowne Plaza AV features the same level of digital automation as the Brisbane operation, and a convention centre level of equipment.

“While clients love the friendly Hunter approach, they also expect CBD production values in a venue this size. We’ve installed Barco projectors and other high-level equipment that deliver that level of polish,” said Dan Bergan, director of Scene Change Hunter Valley.

Scene Change has become an active member of the Hunter conference community, working in partnership with major off-site venues such as Hope Estate. In Adelaide, Scene Change has also re-signed its contract with the National Wine Centre.

“We don’t have huge numbers of venue contracts, but all of them have extremely good taste in wine. That’s quite important to us,” said Scene Change co-founder Ian Whitworth.