Infrastructure NSW today confirmed it will provide temporary exhibition facilities at Glebe Island to support the industry during the construction of new world-class facilities at Darling Harbour.
Construction of the new convention, exhibition and entertainment facilities at Darling Harbour will begin at the end of this year and the facilities will open in December 2016, enabling Sydney to grow the lucrative visitor economy market.
Infrastructure NSW has developed a Sydney-wide solution to ensure NSW’s events industry continues to lead the nation during the redevelopment.
Sydney Olympic Park, Moore Park, Sydney’s hotels, Australian Technology Park, Hordern Pavilion, Royal Randwick, Luna Park and Allphones Arena will all play expanded roles in hosting conferences, smaller exhibitions and entertainment.
In addition, the Government has committed to providing an interim facility at Glebe Island to cater for large exhibition events during the three year construction period.
The large exhibition industry attracts half a million people each year and provides certainty for thousands of workers including riggers, electricians and caterers.
“I can assure the exhibition industry that the Government will ensure these temporary facilities are in place for the 2014 exhibition season,” Infrastructure NSW Project Director Tim Parker said.
Planning approval for the temporary facilities was received this month, with early site works due to start at Glebe Island in June.
Mr Parker confirmed that a decision had been made to end discussions with the consortium that was the preferred bidder for the provision and operation of these facilities.
Despite lengthy negotiations, Infrastructure NSW has been unable to conclude satisfactory arrangements with the consortium, Sydney Harbour [email protected] Island.
Infrastructure NSW has begun discussions with international events company, GL Events, to provide the structure. GL Events provided similar facilities for the London Olympics.
In parallel, Infrastructure NSW has begun discussions with international operator, AEG Ogden, to operate the temporary facilities. AEG Ogden was successful in the recent procurement for the core facilities at Darling Harbour, which are being delivered in partnership with the Government through the Darling Harbour Live consortium.www.insw.com
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.
Infrastructure NSW anticipates those discussions will conclude within around two weeks.Mr Parker thanked the exhibition industry for its patience.
“I know the industry is excited about the new state-of-the-art facilities that will be delivered at the end of 2016 and we are keen to support the industry during the redevelopment period,” Mr Parker said.
“Infrastructure NSW and the industry have a common goal: ensuring the exhibition and events industry is well placed to take advantage of the new facilities and keeps growing”.
Mr Parker said he would continue to keep the industry updated as work on the temporary facilities progressed.