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ICC Sydney on track for December 2016 opening

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ICC Sydney remains on track for its December 2016 opening. A topping out ceremony, common in the construction industry, was celebrated upon the ICC Sydney Theatre this month when the building reached its topmost point.

Following an ancient Scandinavian tradition, an Oriental Pear Tree was lifted by crane to the top level of the building shortly after the last of the concrete was poured 40m above ground on the top of ICC Sydney Theatre.

Enhancing day and night activation throughout the ICC Sydney precinct, ICC Sydney Theatre presents a prestigious, ultramodern venue in the heart of the city’s revitalised Darling Harbour events precinct.

Set to host a calendar of world-class events, this striking new venue will have seating capacity of 8,000 guests, catering to large-scale conventions and a wide range of international and local artists.

Its fan-shaped layout will bring audiences closer to performers, providing an intimate experience and removing all site obstructions.

The theatre is connected by undercover access to the rest of the venue and has links to Tumbalong Park, car parking, public transport and the exhibition centre’s open air Event Deck and Bar & Lounge.

Key Features

  • 9,000-capacity, which can be scaled down to seat audience sizes of 8,000, 6,000, 5,000 and 3,500
  • Large VIP hospitality spaces for entertaining
  • Premium seating with excellent vantage points
  • Undercover connections to the convention and exhibition centres
  • Link through to Tumbalong Park, which can hold 27,000 people
  • Located in the heart of a vibrant entertainment and dining precinct


ICC Sydney has appointed Ivan Sanhueza as its Director of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). With a vision to deliver world-class, leading technology solutions and services throughout the venue, it is Ivan’s commitment and passion for innovation that will see him ensure this for ICC Sydney. Ivan brings 15-years of experience in the ICT space to his role at ICC Sydney and is proficient in developing strategy in both LAN and WAN environments, telecommunications and security systems as well as implementing new media platforms.

A career highlight for Ivan was in his most recent position as the ICT Manager for The Sydney Cricket & Sports Ground Trust (SCGT), which manages the Sydney Cricket Ground and Allianz Stadium, where he was responsible for implementing a multi-million dollar, world class Wi-Fi and IPTV technology network solution that was the first of its kind in an Australian stadium.

Ivan delivered a digital transformation strategy that changed the way fans digitally interacted with their passion for sport in a live environment, enabling social engagement, access to instant replays and the ability to order food and drinks. He commented:

It was a privilege to play a leadership role in delivering a more powerful and personalised experience for the tens of thousands of fans who visit those iconic Sydney stadiums.  I will be harnessing that experience to deliver innovative solutions to ICC Sydney’s clients and visitors and the team and I look forward to sharing the ultramodern venue’s technology features in the lead up to opening in December 2016.

ICC Sydney will feature world’s best-practice technology throughout to ensure that whatever the event requirements, its facilities and services can be tailored to suit. Key technology will include high bandwidth, venue-wide wireless connectivity, dynamic and interactive HD digital signage and elite conferencing facilities.

Work on Sydney’s new convention, exhibition and entertainment hub gets underway

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Construction has commenced on Sydney’s new world-class convention, exhibition and entertainment venues, part of the NSW Government’s AUS$2.5bn transformation of Darling Harbour.


Darling Harbour Live, comprising Lend Lease, HOSTPLUS, Capella Capital, AEG Ogden and Spotless, will deliver three new buildings, inviting public spaces and convenient pedestrian connections, all by the end of 2016.


General Manager of Darling Harbour Live, David Lovell, said:

This is a major milestone in a significant infrastructure project for the State. We are thrilled to be entrusted with the responsibility to transform Darling Harbour to drive economic benefit, tourism and jobs growth in the NSW economy.


International property and infrastructure group Lend Lease is providing 50% of the equity funding for the project, alongside industry superannuation fund HOSTPLUS. Capella Capital, Lend Lease’s infrastructure development business, is the project’s development and finance manager, and Lend Lease is also undertaking design and construction management.


Managing Director of Lend Lease’s Building business, Murray Coleman, commented:

We are delighted to be working with the State to revitalise 20 hectares of Darling Harbour. Lend Lease has proven experience in successfully delivering great places here in NSW and around the world. We will create world-class venues, great public spaces and new parkland that will revitalise Darling Harbour and reconnect it into surrounding areas.

Our Project team has done a terrific job in successfully demolishing the old buildings and preparing the site for construction. Safety is Lend Lease’s first priority and we have safely completed around 50,000 hours of work over the past six months. We have also achieved a positive sustainability outcome, exceeding our recycling target of 90% of the demolition materials.

We have regularly engaged with the local community and neighbouring businesses to keep them informed about site activity and to minimise any impacts of the demolition work. We would like to thank everyone for their support as we create these amazing new facilities for the people of Sydney.


Construction of the venues will take around two years and create 1,600 jobs, with 10,000 workers to be inducted over the life of the project. The overall Darling Harbour redevelopment will provide 3,700 construction jobs and a further 4,000 jobs on completion.


Mr Lovell added:

Darling Harbour Live will work closely with the NSW Government, Infrastructure NSW and the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA), throughout the construction phase, so that everyone can continue to enjoy Darling Harbour, particularly with the exciting line up of events that are planned by SHFA.


About the project:

Darling Harbour Live (comprising Lend Lease, HOSTPLUS, Capella Capital, AEG Ogden and Spotless) and Lend Lease are partnering with the NSW Government to deliver the precinct’s most exciting renewal in 25 years. Darling Harbour will become home to Australia’s largest convention and exhibition facilities, Sydney’s largest red carpet entertainment venue, and a new hotel complex. Opening in late 2016, the new world-class exhibition, convention and entertainment facilities are aimed at ensuring Sydney remains the first choice in Australia and Asia Pacific for the competitive business events industry. At the southern end of Darling Harbour, Lend Lease is creating a new residential and commercial district called Darling Square. This covers circa four hectares and will include student housing, public car parking, a commercial office building, and four mixed use development blocks (retail/commercial/residential podium with residential towers above) centred around a new public square. Infrastructure NSW is the NSW Government agency managing the 20 hectare transformation. Darling Harbour and the new convention, exhibition and entertainment venues will remain in public ownership through Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority. A dynamic calendar of events and entertainment during the redevelopment will keep the precinct active and vibrant.


About Darling Harbour Live:

Darling Harbour Live comprises Lend Lease, HOSTPLUS, Capella Capital, AEG Ogden and Spotless. Lend Lease’s infrastructure development business Capella Capital is the PPP development manager and financial advisor. HOSTPLUS and Lend Lease are investors in the project company. Lend Lease’s project management and construction business will design and construct the facilities while AEG Ogden will be the operator of the facilities. Spotless will be responsible for delivering Facility Management services.


AEG Ogden is one of the world’s leading venue management companies, responsible for the management of the largest network of venues in the Asia Pacific region including convention and exhibition centres, arenas, stadiums and performing arts venues. With an established reputation for the delivery of world’s best practice services, and strength in pre-opening global sales and marketing expertise, AEG Ogden strives to meet the stringent requirements of international event organisers and ISO 9001 standards for Quality Management Systems, including in-house catering, security, cleaning and crowd control. Operating as part of the Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), a leading sports and entertainment presenter, AEG Ogden manages premier venues in Australia, Malaysia and the Middle East.

Lend Lease is a leading international property and infrastructure group. Listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and with circa 18,000 employees worldwide, Lend Lease’s capabilities span the property and infrastructure spectrum. In Australia the group offers development management; investment management; project management & construction and asset & property management. Its expertise covers multiple sectors including commercial, residential, retail, retirement and infrastructure.

HOSTPLUS is the national superannuation fund for the hospitality, tourism, recreation and sport industries in Australia. The Australian Hotels Association (AHA) and United Voice (formerly the Liquor Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union) jointly established the Fund in 1987. It is one of the largest super funds in Australia with more than 1 million members, over 80,000 employers and $13 billion in funds under management.

Capella Capital is the infrastructure financing and development arm of Lend Lease which possesses a substantial track record in the infrastructure sector, particularly in the delivery of PPP transactions. Capella Capital provides a fully integrated infrastructure solution – from project inception and financial advisory, through to development and project financing and into long-term ownership and equity management on behalf of Lend Lease.

Spotless is a leader in the delivery of Facilities Management solutions across Australia. The project represents the 13th successful PPP that Spotless has been awarded, including 5 in NSW providing recent local experience. Spotless brings the necessary expertise to deliver efficient, non-disruptive facilities management services.


Images courtesy: Darling Harbour Live.

Images courtesy: Darling Harbour Live.

Project team signed for Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre (AECC)

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Following Aberdeen Council’s decision to use Henry Boot Developments to take the £200m AECC scheme forward last year, the developer has now named the professional team it will use to deliver the project. The aim being to submit planning in the summer, after public consultations on the proposed multi-purpose venue in Dyce, as well as plans to redevelop the existing exhibition centre site.


Nick Harris of Henry Boot Developments said: “We are carrying out a number of pre-consultation meetings with key stakeholders ahead of the first phase of public consultation. Once these meetings are underway, we will confirm the dates and venues for the public consultation and publicise these widely as we are keen to hear the views and feedback on our plans from as many people as possible. We expect these to take place in early summer and look forward to hearing the views of all those who participate.”


Harris continued: “The new AECC facility is a vital element of Aberdeen’s future growth and development, not least as a World Energy City and the Energy Capital of Europe. Therefore, the new conference centre and associated facilities will be developed with the ambition to make it the most sustainable facility of its kind in the UK. That is, of course, a tall order but one that we are confident we can meet – especially in conjunction with the project team that we have assembled to ensure that we are delivering to brief, on time and on budget.”



Turner & Townsend (Programme & Project Management; Cost Management)
SASANBELL (Architect)
Arup (Civil & Structural Engineer)
Mott MacDonald (Transport)
DSSR (M&E Services Engineer)
Hurley Palmer Flatt (Energy & Sustainability)
GVA James Barr (Planning Consultant)
Cooper Cromar (Architect)
Goodson Associates (Civil & Structural Engineer)
AECOM (Transport)
Ryden (Planning Consultant)