|December 07, 2015|
ICC Sydney To Open In 12 Months; The Countdown Has Commenced
|ICC Sydney's contemporary design celebrates Sydney's temperate weather and natural environment with sweeping views of the harbour and city skyline through glass facades and from balconies throughout the venue.|
Its smart design in the heart of Sydney provides 70 event spaces and allows for three conventions to run consecutively, each with their own plenary, break out space and catering areas. Australia's largest ballroom sits proudly above the convention centre. It will seat up to 2,000 guests and its balcony provides spectacular harbour views.
As the physical venue looks more and more like its architectural renders each day, the operational preparations of venue manager AEG Ogden are also on track.
ICC Sydney Chief Executive Officer and AEG Ogden Group Convention Centres Director, Geoff Donaghy said the team was in the final planning stages of the test events that will commission every centimetre of the building.
"As the ICC Sydney team continues to build, the operations team is implementing plans to launch world leading technology as well as exceptional culinary and professional business services that will deliver the ultimate in business event experiences," he said.
"When ICC Sydney opens, the city will experience a real paradigm shift in how it enjoys events, with a multitude of dynamic venues opening within an integrated precinct, event delegates will have numerous small and impromptu meeting places to add to formal meeting spaces," said Donaghy.
Donaghy noted that ICC Sydney will feature a striking design, unrivalled sound and visual technology and an amazing variety of spaces and places to explore.
"Along with three impressive theatre venues, ICC Sydney will be home to a 5,000sqm open air event deck, a 2,400sqm multipurpose event space, a 2,000 seat ballroom and seven exhibition halls, all folding into the beautiful Tumbalong Park which will be expanded by 3,000sqm," he said.
"All venues will have world class staging and technical facilities, with sound and visuals brought to life through high definition screens, large scale projection and superior audio equipment.
"By offering the ultimate experience, we hope to reinforce Sydney's reputation as one of the most desirable destinations in the world," said Donaghy.
More than a world class venue and management team, ICC Sydney also boasts a stellar location. Situated at the core of the city's knowledge economies, ICC Sydney has the CBD to its east, a new financial services district to its north and insitutions of learning plus the nation's number one startup company post code to its south. The precinct is also a short walk to media and technology companies to is west.
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 the NSW Government in partnership with Darling Harbour Live, comprising Lendlease, Hostplus, Capella Capital, AEG Ogden and Spotless FM, as part of Darling Harbour's most exciting renewal in 25 years.
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 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.