The New South Wales Government is partnering with the private sector to create Australia’s largest convention, exhibition and entertainment facilities. This transformation of Sydney’s Darling Harbour will deliver a world-class events precinct and represents a major urban renewal for the city – ‘a once in a generation opportunity’.
HASSELL is delivering the public domain, architecture and interiors for the 20-hectare integrated precinct, which will feature extensive public parklands and open space with better connections, event areas and enhanced gathering and meeting places. The development will extend the urban fabric and reconnect the city and surrounds with more permeable networks of streets and lanes.
The Boulevard, a 20 metre-wide central spine, will create an active north-south pedestrian route, drawing people through the precinct from Central Station to the harbour. New east-west at-grade public access to the existing light rail stops, and dedicated cycleways, will reintegrate Darling Harbour with Pyrmont, Ultimo, Haymarket and the CBD.
Tumbalong Park will be expanded and reinvigorated to provide an adaptable event space allowing for crowds of up to 27,000 to attend live, outdoor events. It will connect to the surrounds via Tumbalong Place, which will serve as a street-level, red carpet arrival point for the precinct’s major entertainment theatre.
An elevated event deck, expansive grassland green-roof and terraced landscape of native species are incorporated in the design of the new Exhibition Centre, maximising public space and views. Spectacular views of the harbour, parklands and city skyline can also be taken in from Harbourside Place, a waterfront meeting point for the International Convention Centre forecourt.
The lead structural engineering and utility services co-ordination for this project was led by Robert Bird Group. Using Autodesk Civil 3D to create an integrated 3D Services Model alongside Navisworks to prevent clashes with the design foundation. More about Navisworks