The newly constructed International Convention Centre in Sydney will play host to ARBS 2018. The space includes 5,000 sqm exhibition space, a grand ballroom which will host the Awards programme, and over 8,000 sqm of meeting room space across 70 rooms which accommodate the ARBS Speaker Series.

The ICC project commenced in 2013, and took over 5.8 million hours to complete with the venue officially opened in December 2016. A public-private partnership between the NSW government and a consortium private companies, the ICC is constructed on the site of the old Sydney Exhibition Centre. The venue delivers 40 per cent more exhibition space than its predecessor and is the biggest combined exhibition, convention and entertainment precinct in Australia.

Given ARBS 2018 is held within this very impressive building it naturally lends itself to be a topic of conversation and will be a not-to-be-missed presentation within the ARBS Speaker Series. A case study highlighting the unique features of Sydney ICC’s central energy plant will be delivered by the lead consulting engineers and contractors behind the $1.5 billion redevelopment. The session will explore challenges faced throughout the project and key lessons learnt. Presenters will provide details on performance levels achieved in the last 12 months and reflect on whether the project has delivered on expectations. 

The Speaker Series will be open for bookings from February 2018.


Shane Durkin, Engineering Services Manager, AG Coombs

Michael Dagher, Technical Director – Buildings, AECOM

Nathan Scroope, Building Technologies & Solutions, Johnson Controls