The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre will close permanently at midnight on Sunday 8 December 2013. For more detail on the planned facilities, please visit the Darling Harbour Live website: www.darlingharbourlive.com.au The Exhibition Centre Car Park will be closed permanently from 5pm on Sunday 8 December 2013. The Entry gates will be locked at 5pm and the Exit gates locked at midnight. For alternative car parking arrangements, please visit: http://www.darlingharbour.com/getting-here.aspx
The New South Wales Government has embarked upon a billion-dollar plan to transform Darling Harbour into a new Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct. The project will result in new world-class facilities for Sydney, to be constructed across a 20-hectare site that includes the location of the existing Centre.
The Darling Harbour Live consortium (comprising AEG Ogden, Lend Lease, Capella Capital and Spotless) has been chosen to build and operate the new facilities, which are scheduled for completion in late 2016.
The existing Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre will remain open and fully operational until December 2013, when it will close for the redevelopment. The Centre has implemented a detailed management plan to ensure it continues to operate to the highest levels throughout the remainder of 2013, its 25th anniversary year.The current Centre management will not be involved in the redevelopment process, which is overseen by Infrastructure NSW, nor the operation of the future facilities.For the latest news and details of the redevelopment process, visit the Infrastructure NSW project site for the Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct: www.siceep.comFor more detail on the planned facilities, including images and further news, visit the Darling Harbour Live website: www.darlingharbourlive.com.au
Business Events Sydney (BESydney) is working closely with Infrastructure NSW to arrange alternative venues for events to take place after the Centre's closure. BESydney is also taking expressions of interest for events planned after the opening of the new facilities in late 2016. For enquiries, email bookings@BESydney.com.au.
Interim exhibition facilities will be provided at Glebe Island during the redevelopment period. Infrastructure NSW is overseeing the creation of Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island, which will be operated by AEG Ogden and is scheduled to open for the 2014 exhibition season. The interim facility will offer 20,000 square metres of exhibition space, with provisions for a further 5,000 square metres of temporary expansion during larger events. For further information, or to make a booking enquiry, please visit www.sydneyexhibitioncentre.com.au or call 1300 141 583.
The Sydney Entertainment Centre (SEC) will also be redeveloped as part of the Darling Harbour project; however, it will continue to operate as normal until 2015. Management of the SEC will pass to AEG Ogden in December 2013.