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Populous/HMC Architects awarded Los Angeles Convention Center renovation

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The Populous/HMC Architects team has been awarded the US$350m Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) renovation. The diverse design team, which is being led by Populous and HMC, includes strategic design partners The Olin Studio and Chu+Gooding Architects to provide a powerful vision for the future of conventions in Los Angeles. Together, the design team has developed an approach focused on placemaking, functionality and authenticity.


The design shapes the place, integrating the expanded convention centre into the LA Live District; creates expanded functionality, ensuring LA continues to be a world-class destination that attracts local and international events; and communicates authenticity, showcasing LA’s unique culture, architecture and heritage.


The result of a design competition, the Populous/HMC ‘LACC 2020 design’ features a colourful, airy approach, which connects the South and West Halls with a structure over Pico Boulevard, a large, unprecedented outdoor ballroom space, world-class flexible meeting space and landscaped public open space on the site that will result in places for LA residents to walk their dog, throw a Frisbee or go for a run.


Michael Lockwood, Principal at Populous, said:

We challenged Los Angeles to look beyond the near term and consider a bolder vision to propel the LACC towards international prominence and also invigorate surrounding neighbourhoods. This selection speaks volumes about the City’s foresight and progressive global perspective that seem to us as entirely appropriate for LA’s rightful place on the world business and tourism stage.


The design is authentic Los Angeles, with space to breathe, space to meet, space to celebrate and space to sell. An expanded Gilbert Lindsay Plaza will welcome residents of Los Angeles, while the facility’s modern, flexible space will attract the world’s top conventions, driving business, pleasure and culture. The design of the facility references Los Angeles’ trend-setting culture of art, architecture and design to set new trends in the convention industry.


The new LACC will position LA as the international convention destination of choice on the West Coast and serve as a physical convergence of placemaking, sustainable design, functionality and authenticity.


Read more about the design competition here or watch the project video here.

The Celtic Manor Resort has recently received outline planning permission to expand its world-class business and conference facilities with the addition of a new International Convention Centre for Wales, subject to full planning the opening will be scheduled for summer 2018.

Designed to attract major events from across the world, the state-of-the-art auditorium, exhibition hall and associated facilities will have capacity for around 4,000 delegates, making it the largest facility of its kind in Wales and the south west of England.

World-Leading Convention Facilities

  • Projected total capacity in excess of 20,000sqm
  • Main auditorium will hold 1,500 delegates with the flexibility to divide into smaller spaces
  • Exhibition hall covering 4,000sqm, accommodating up to 2,000 guests for a gala dinner
  • 15 meeting rooms, the largest approx 400sqm, accommodating 500 delegates theatre-style
  • State-of-the-art technology with fully integrated audio visual facilities
  • Green rooms and production offices
  • Direct multiple HGV loading access to auditorium and exhibition hall
  • Multi-storey car park with 700 spaces

Exceptional Delegate Experience

  • Reception atrium, open spaces for networking, full disabled access, outdoor plaza and terraces, links to existing convention centre facilities with in the Resort Hotel

Wales International Convention Centre is slated to open in 2018. Images courtesy: Celtic Manor Resort/Scott Brownrigg architects.




Luxury Hotel announced for International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney precinct

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Luxury Hotel announced for International Convention Centre Sydney precinct

International Convention Centre Sydney Chief Executive Officer and AEG Ogden Group Director of Convention Centres, Geoff Donaghy, has welcomed today’s announcement of a new luxury 5 Star Sofitel hotel for Sydney’s new premier business events precinct on Darling Harbour.

He said: “Our international and national attendees will now have a deluxe 5 Star hotel just 30 metres from the entrance to the harbour side foyer entry to the conventional centre, further adding to the great array of accommodation choices within easy walking distance of the venue.

“Today’s technology enables us to inform and involve delegates better than ever before and we look forward to providing exceptional experiences at what is set to become ICC Sydney’s headquarters hotel. We look forward to exploring a range of exciting options with Accor to create the Sofitel as a genuine headquarters offering providing a seamless and integrated event experience for our mutual clients and guests.”

The hotel, which will reportedly offer 600-rooms, will be a standout feature of the NSW Government’s AUS$2.5bn transformation of Darling Harbour into a world-class convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct.

NSW Deputy Premier, Andrew Stoner, said:

This will be the first large luxury hotel built in Sydney’s CBD since the 2000 Olympics, and shows that Sydney well and truly has its mojo back. The hotel will be operated by Accor under its French luxury hotel brand Sofitel, which aligns with the conference, special event and tourism functions of Darling Harbour.

The NSW Government is delighted that its development partner for this part of the project, Lend Lease, has secured an agreement with Australia’s largest private hotel investor, Dr Jerry Schwartz, to deliver the hotel.

The new hotel will provide convenient and contemporary accommodation for delegates to the new International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney), increasing Sydney’s appeal for major international business events.

He added:

ICC Sydney will be capable of collectively hosting more than 12,000 delegates and holding multiple large conferences and exhibitions concurrently, and will ensure NSW remains a leading destination for business events in the Asia Pacific.

Construction of the AUS$1.1bn centre is well underway, and it is attracting increasing global interest, highlighted by the recent announcement that Sydney has secured Sibos, the largest and most influential financial event in the world, for 2018.

Please read the full NSW Deputy Premier’s media announcement here.


About ICC Sydney
Opening in December 2016, ICC Sydney is Australia’s premier convention, exhibition and event precinct. The showcase international venue presents Australia’s largest and first fully-integrated convention, exhibition and entertainment centre, underpinning Sydney’s place as one of the world’s most desirable meeting and major events destinations. ICC Sydney is the epicentre of a 20-hectare transformation of Darling Harbour by the NSW Government to highlight Sydney as the first choice in Australia and the Asia Pacific region for the major events industry. ICC Sydney is being delivered by Darling Harbour Live, comprising Lend Lease, Hostplus, Capella Capital, AEG Ogden and Spotless, in partnership with the NSW Government.

Infrastructure NSW is the NSW Government agency managing the 20-hectare transformation – Darling Harbour’s most exciting renewal in 25 years. Darling Harbour and the new convention, exhibition and entertainment venues will continue to be publicly owned through Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, which is presenting a dynamic calendar of events during the redevelopment to keep the precinct active and vibrant.

ICC Sydney is operated by globally acclaimed and leading venue manager AEG Ogden, joining the group’s exceptional stable of world-class venues.

About AEG Ogden
AEG Ogden is an Australian controlled joint venture between Australian venue management interests and AEG Facilities of the United States.

AEG Ogden manages venues throughout the Asia Pacific region, including convention centres in Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Kuala Lumpur, Hyderabad (currently in design), Oman (opening 2016), ICC Sydney (opening December 2016) and the Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island; Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane; arenas including the Brisbane Entertainment Centre and the adjacent Sports Centre, Sydney’s Allphones Arena, the Qantas Credit Union Arena (formerly the Sydney Entertainment Centre), the Newcastle Entertainment Centre and Perth Arena; and live theatres including Perth’s His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth Concert Hall, the WA State Theatre Centre, Albany Entertainment Centre, and Subiaco Arts Centre.

In addition, AEG Facilities was recently announced as operator of both the Los Angeles Convention Centre and Hawaii Convention Centre.