International Convention Centre Sydney

This article is about the building currently under construction. For the former building, now demolished, see Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.
International Convention Centre Sydney
ICC Sydney
Location Kent Street, Darling Harbour, Sydney
Public transit Sydney Light Rail
Operator Managed by AEG Ogden
Capacity 8,000 seated / 9,000 GA
Field size 33,000 square metres (360,000 sq ft)
Broke ground December 2014
Opened expected December 2016
Construction cost A$1.5 billion
Main contractors Lend Lease

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) is an exhibition and convention centre scheduled to open in December 2016, in Sydney, Australia.[1] Upon completion, ICC Sydney will be Australia's first and largest fully integrated convention, exhibition and entertainment centre.[1] Created as a multipurpose event space, ICC Sydney will have over 70 meeting rooms, three theatres and two formal ballrooms.[2] It will be capable of holding three entirely separate, self-sufficient, concurrent events.[3]

ICC Sydney will include convention spaces for 2,500, 1,000 and 750 people. It will also include a flexible space of 2,500 square metres (27,000 sq ft) and the largest ballroom in Sydney, able to accommodate 2,000 people. The ICC Exhibition Centre and Entertainment Centre will include 33,000 square metres (360,000 sq ft) of exhibition space, which can be divided into smaller spaces according to requirements.[4] The first major event being held at the newly developed centre will be RTX Sydney hosted by Rooster Teeth Productions on 4 - 5 February 2017.[5]

The ICC Sydney, part of Darling Harbour Live, is being developed by a consortium comprising AEG Ogden, Lend Lease, Capella Capital and Spotless, with AEG Ogden playing the role of venue operator.[6]


ICC Sydney is located in the Darling Harbour, skirting the centre of the Sydney central business district. ICC Sydney is positioned on the waterfront, near Cockle Bay and Tumbalong Park.

ICC Sydney will open adjacent to a new global financial services hub Barangaroo, as well as media, technology and knowledge centres. It features multiple public access points, with the option of visiting the precinct via a choice of walking or transport options including, road, light rail, train and ferry.[7]

History and structure

The ICC Sydney's Convention building (left) and Sydney Theatre (right) under construction in April 2016

ICC Sydney was designed by two architectural firms, Hassell and Populous, in a contemporary modern style.[2] It replaces the former Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre that was demolished in December 2013.[8] Construction began in early 2014; an estimated 32,000 cubic metres (1,100,000 cu ft) of concrete will be used to construct the building.[9]

ICC Sydney is an A$1.5 billion development being delivered through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) with the New South Wales Government and Darling Harbour Live (comprising Lend Lease, Hostplus, Capella Capital, AEG Ogden and Spotless). The development of ICC Sydney is part of a broader A$3.4 billion revitalisation of Darling Harbour.[10] Upon completion, ICC Sydney will adjoin a new 590 room luxury hotel tower (under the Sofitel brand), a residential and commercial development (Darling Square),[11] pedestrian boulevard and improved public domain that are all being created as part of the Darling Harbour development. The development will also include a reconfiguration of Tumbalong Park, providing an additional 3,000sqm of green space acting as a new adaptable event space.[12]

Construction milestones


The 1989 Sir John Sulman Medal for Public Architecture was awarded to Philip Cox Richardson Taylor Partners as joint winners for Sydney Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour which was demolished in 2014 to make way for the new development. Architects John Andrews and Philip Cox spoke out over the demolition of the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre completed in 1988, criticising the fact that the existing structures had not been incorporated into the new development.[15]


ICC Sydney consists of three conjoined key structures: ICC Sydney Theatre, ICC Sydney Exhibition Centre and ICC Sydney Convention Centre. The buildings contain a number of feature event spaces such as: The Gallery, The Grand Ballroom and Event Deck.[16]

Hosted events

Twenty large international conventions are scheduled for ICC Sydney, including:

See also


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  4. "Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct - Design Build Network".
  5. "RTX Sydney 2017".
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  7. "Darling Harbour $1b transformation". Retrieved 24 June 2016.
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  9. "Convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct". Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  10. "$1 billion plan to reshape Sydney - with separate $1.5 billion Lend Lease deal". Retrieved 24 June 2016.
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  12. "'Refined' $2.5b facelift for Darling Harbour unveiled". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  13. "ICC Sydney Hotel construction commences - ICC Sydney". Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  14. "Darling Harbour News". April 2015.
  15. "Architect lashes out at 'stupid' demolition". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  16. "ICC Sydney". Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  17. "RTX Sydney 2017".
  18. "Sydney secures another sought-after event for ICC Sydney 2017". Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  19. "Sydney to host World Chambers Congress in 2017". New South Wales Business Chamber.
  20. "Over 10,000 Amway China delegates expected in Sydney in 2017". Retrieved 24 June 2016.
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