The transformation of Glebe Island into Sydney’s newest exhibition centre is in full swing with four cranes required to manoeuvre the 150-tonne roof and frame into place for the largest of the exhibition halls.
The hall covers about one third of the 25,000 square metre site with the rest of the structure to be built over the next six weeks to allow testing and commissioning before Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island opens for its first event in February.
In an operation that took eight hours, mobile crane cables were attached to the hall’s roof and column structure which had been preassembled on the exhibition hall ground slab. Four 240-tonne cranes then lifted the complete structure allowing it to unfold into shape.
Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner said that there was so much work happening on the site that it was changing almost daily.
“The exhibition halls can be assembled quickly because of their unique design. They are not constructed like a typical building from the ground up but instead are assembled in situ and then lifted into place with the supporting legs pivoting into position below,” Mr Stoner said.
General Manager of Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island, Malu Barrios, and Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia Chief Executive, Joyce DiMascio, were on site last week to watch the hall being raised on site.
“Everything is on schedule and the structure is now a visual presence on the harbour foreshore,” Ms Barrios said.
Ms DiMascio was also impressed with the speed that works were advancing.
“It is very reassuring to see the venue take shape and this augurs well for the rest of the building program including the construction of the ferry wharf,” Ms DiMascio said.
“The progress made from week to week is very impressive and we are pleased that Infrastructure NSW has consulted extensively with the major users. Our goal throughout is to ensure that the venue is fit for purpose and ready on time.”
The slab is 25,000sqm in area—1,000 trucks of concrete have been poured, spanning more than five football fields. More than six kilometres of footings are in place and when completed, the venue will be supported by 85,000 blocks.
Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island will be the interim facility for exhibitions from 2014–16 during the construction of the new international exhibition centre at Darling Harbour.
Managed by AEG Ogden, the Glebe Island venue will offer pavilion-style, fully-serviced space of 20,000sqm, with an option for an additional 5,000sqm for temporary expansion.
Special event transport will be provided during events, with regular, scheduled ferry services from Darling Harbour and bus shuttle services from Central Station.
“It will be an appropriate, high-quality interim venue on our beautiful harbour with incredible views of both the Harbour Bridge and the Anzac Bridge, and the CBD,” Ms Barrios said.
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