International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) has hit another major milestone ahead of its December launch, with the venue now technically complete and the management team operating directly from Australia’s premier convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct.
Relocating from two pre-opening office locations to the new Darling Harbour address, the ICC Sydney team undertook a mammoth move over four days, and is now officially ‘in the building’ beginning its intensive three month testing and commissioning phase with an all staff induction in the 1,000 seat Pyrmont Theatre.
Geoff Donaghy, CEO of ICC Sydney, said the team is excited to kick start the next phase of work, and will be focussed on ensuring every part of the venue is up to its world class benchmark ahead of its December opening.
“All of ICC Sydney’s state-of-the-art facilities will be activated and tested, including the five star convention and exhibition centres, the largest purpose-built Grand Ballroom in the region, the ultramodern ICC Sydney Theatre, and the stunning outdoor event deck. Every part of the integrated precinct will be put through its paces to ensure it is fully functioning to its expected world leading standard.
“This rigorous process has the added benefit of ensuring staff are trained in situ for every event type, ensuring clients can be confident that we will deliver an exceptional experience from day one.”
As part of the Operational Readiness Plan, Donaghy said ICC Sydney will host no less than 25 non-commercial test events for industry and stakeholders, including meetings and evening ceremonies, as well as a packed schedule of room set ups and client site inspections.
“Our test series will include a raft of events including Taxi Days – so local drivers can get to know the new city layout and key drop off points, loading dock trial runs, an open day and a concert within ICC Sydney Theatre, amongst others. Each event will bring us closer to our official opening in December, when we look forward to celebrating this remarkable venue that will truly change the way events are held in our city,” said Donaghy.
ICC Sydney has already secured over 340 events and will be capable of holding multiple large conventions, shows and exhibitions simultaneously, delivered by a team of extraordinary professionals.
An important component of the NSW Government’s suite of infrastructure projects under development, ICC Sydney is set to generate at least $5 billion in economic benefits for NSW over 25 years.