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 January 14, 2015
Celebrating A Year of Progress: ICC Sydney's Construction Timeline Is On Track

 One year on from construction commencement and International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) is a third of the way to opening in December 2016, when the premier convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct for the Asia Pacific region will be revealed.

The centrepiece of the NSW Government's AU$3 billion transformation of Darling Harbour, ICC Sydney is a AU$1.1 billion development being built to world-class standards by Darling Harbour Live, a consortium comprising of venue manager AEG Ogden, construction company Lend Lease as well as Hostplus, Capella Capital and Spotless.

Key construction statistics to date include:

More than 16,000 tonnes of steel and 110,000 tonnes of concrete removed from site, exceeding the recycling target of 90 per cent of the demolition materials

More than 32,000 cubic metres of concrete have been poured to date, more than 30 per cent of the total

Piling for new buildings is now complete with over 1,500 piles created, and concrete structural works are well underway with seven tower cranes in operation, the largest of which can lift 20 tonnes at 90 metres.

ICC Sydney Chief Executive Officer and AEG Ogden Group Convention Centres Director, Geoff Donaghy said the world-class development would deliver the very latest model of business events venues.

"Attending business events in Sydney will never be the same again. ICC Sydney's ultramodern, integrated and highly flexible design is backed by high-end technology infrastructure and a world class, waterfront city centre setting," Mr Donaghy said.

"The development of ICC Sydney ensures Sydney's premier position as the business events destination of choice when it opens in December 2016 and well into the future," he said.

Business demand for ICC Sydney is building as rapidly as its construction timeline.

Lyn Lewis-Smith, CEO of Business Events Sydney (BESydney), said the company had secured 19 major global business events for ICC Sydney with an estimated economic benefit to the State of AU$150 million.

"Many of these events would simply not have come to Sydney without these new facilities, including the prestigious Sibos 2018, returning to Australia for the first time since 2006; the World Congress of Accountants, returning to Sydney for the first time since 1972; and the World Chambers Congress, which has never before been held in Australia," said Ms Lewis-Smith.

"These events are testament to collaboration across the city, the strength of our industry and global reputation, and of course, ICC Sydney," she said.

Across the 20-hectare site in Darling Harbour there will also be a landmark luxury hotel, reinvigorated and new public spaces, new pedestrian connections and a cosmopolitan city neighbourhood.

ICC Sydney

Opening in December 2016, ICC Sydney is Australia's premier convention, exhibition and event precinct. The showcase international venue presents Australia's largest and first fully-integrated convention, exhibition and entertainment centre, underpinning Sydney's place as one of the world's most desirable meeting and major events destinations. ICC Sydney is the epicentre of a 20-hectare transformation of Darling Harbour by the NSW Government to highlight Sydney as the first choice in Australia and the Asia Pacific region for the major events industry. ICC Sydney is being delivered by Darling Harbour Live, comprising Lend Lease, Hostplus, Capella Capital, AEG Ogden and Spotless, in partnership with the NSW Government.

Infrastructure NSW is the NSW Government agency managing the 20-hectare transformation -- Darling Harbour's most exciting renewal in 25 years. Darling Harbour and the new convention, exhibition and entertainment venues will continue to be publicly owned through Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, which is presenting a dynamic calendar of events during the redevelopment to keep the precinct active and vibrant.

ICC Sydney is operated by globally acclaimed and leading venue manager AEG Ogden, joining the group's exceptional stable of world-class venues.

AEG Ogden

AEG Ogden is an Australian controlled joint venture between Australian venue management interests and AEG Facilities of the United States.

AEG Ogden manages venues throughout the Asia Pacific region, including convention centres in Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Kuala Lumpur, Hyderabad (currently in design), Oman (opening 2016), ICC Sydney (opening December 2016) and the Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island; Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane; and arenas including the Brisbane Entertainment Centre and the adjacent Sports Centre, Sydney's Allphones Arena, the Qantas Credit Union Arena (formerly the Sydney Entertainment Centre), the Newcastle Entertainment Centre and Perth Arena.

In addition, AEG Facilities was recently announced as operator of both the Los Angeles Convention Centre and Hawaii Convention Centre.