New convention centre fast becoming a reality

Published: 4 Oct 2016

Released by: The Premier

NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance today marked the topping out of the new International Convention Centre - a significant milestone in the revitalisation of Darling Harbour.

“This major infrastructure project is moving at a cracking pace - another example of how the NSW Government is building tomorrow’s Sydney,” Mr Baird said.

“By the end of next year, we’ll have a state-of-the-art convention centre that truly befits a global city and cements Sydney as the number one place to do business.

“Along with Barangaroo we are witnessing a transformation of the western edge of Sydney’s CBD as part of a construction boom that’s delivering thousands of jobs.”

The striking new convention centre will completely reinvent the way business events are delivered in Australia. International interest is already strong with more than 20 global events locked in.

ICC Sydney is at the heart of the NSW Government’s $3.4 billion revitalisation of Darling Harbour, and will feature:

• Three tiered theatres capable of hosting major conventions at the same time, the biggest with seating for 8,000 delegates;
• Australia’s largest ballroom on the top floor with magnificent water and city views, plus;
• A red carpet arrival area.

Mr Constance said the vibrant waterfront at Darling Harbour will ensure international delegates have an unmatched visitor experience.

“This is the biggest and most exciting change to Darling Harbour in 25 years.

“ICC Sydney will reinstate Sydney as the one of the world’s premier business events destinations, boosting the economy by at least $200 million each year.”

The redevelopment of Darling Harbour also includes:

• A 5-star luxury hotel with around 600 rooms;
• Reinvigorated and expanded public spaces;
• Darling Square - a new city neighbourhood with offices, residential, student housing, public car parking and retail.

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