The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre has
welcomed plans by the New South Wales Government for an expanded
redevelopment of Sydney’s events facilities.
Centre Chief Executive Ton van Amerongen said
the decision to extend the scope of redevelopment presented
exciting prospects for Sydney’s events sector.
“We now have the opportunity to not only extend
but also redevelop our existing venues to give Sydney new
world-class facilities and a more vibrant events precinct,” Mr van
Having initially focussed on the site of the
existing Sydney Entertainment Centre and adjoining car park, the
Government has now called for proposals from the private sector to
redevelop a much greater precinct of 12 hectares, including the
site of the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The expanded site has been named the Sydney
International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct
and is intended to provide Australia’s largest and most
sophisticated event facilities.
Construction would be completed by 2016,
resulting in exhibition space of at least 40,000sqm and flexible
plenary spaces with a combined capacity of at least 10,000
delegates. Facilities would also cater to sporting, musical and
theatrical events for at least 12,000 people.
Mr van Amerongen said the Sydney Convention and
Exhibition Centre and the neighbouring Sydney Entertainment Centre
would continue to operate in the meantime and remained committed
to existing customers and the success of their events.
“The Government has made clear that its
preferred approach will fulfil all obligations to forward
bookings,” Mr van Amerongen said. “It is encouraging the private
sector to provide return proposals that will include staging
strategies that would allow events to continue throughout the
redevelopment phase. We will continue to offer the high standard
of facilities, technology and services that have made us
Australia’s leading events venues.”
Private developers have been given six weeks to
submit proposals for the site.
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