The former convention, exhibition and entertainment facilities at Darling Harbour had served Sydney since the 1980s. Sydney needed to respond to the substantial improvement in the standard of equivalent facilities in Australia and Asia-Pacific.
As well as a larger, more flexible and better connected venue, the modernisation of the venue allows for a precinct-wide upgrade that both delegates and locals will benefit from. The venue is now easier to access for both event organisers and visitors, and is better integrated within its increasingly dynamic community. Moving the theatre on-site and the arrival of a new city neighbourhood with offices, residential, student housing, restaurants and cafes means that the area will remain active throughout the year and visitors will receive a more authentic Sydney experience as they integrate with Sydney-siders during their stay.