ICC Sydney to open in 12 months
07 December 2015
The countdown has commenced
Meeting with buyers from around the world at Dreamtime, Tourism Australia’s largest national trade marketing event, International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) announced its official countdown to opening had begun.
ICC Sydney reconfirmed with buyers from key markets including Greater China, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, New Zealand, USA and the United Kingdom that it would officially unveil its world class business and entertainment events precinct in Darling Harbour in December 2016.
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 institutions 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 its west.