Located within the Darling Harbour waterfront precinct, the 250,000-square-metre International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney), which opened in December 2016, is a New South Wales Government initiative. It features a convention centre, exhibition centre and 8,000-seat theatre. As the biggest exhibition space in Australia, ICC Sydney houses seven exhibition halls, a gallery and is home to Australia’s largest ballroom which can accommodate 3500 guests, in addition to the 70 meeting rooms, multipurpose event space, media centre, VIP areas and business suites.
Sustainability was an integral element of the ICC Sydney venue’s design and remains a key component of its day-to-day management, much of which falls to Spotless as facility manager. Spotless provides comprehensive facility management and asset management to all three buildings (Convention, Exhibition and Theatre) and their surrounding public precinct. Our role includes hard facility management services, repair and replacement, high level cleaning, grounds maintenance and horticulture, art conservation and utilities management.
Our main focus is to ensure the development is run with optimal resource efficiency. From a ground-breaking operational energy model that provides detailed use of each individual space for carbon reporting, to maintaining the solar cells of the 520-kilowatt photovoltaic array system providing power across the venue, our activities look at reducing energy use without detracting from an enhanced user experience.
Spotless is also partnering with Sydney University on a climate control program. Research has been conducted on the thermal comfort and energy optimisation of the event spaces — some of which have ceilings up to nine metres high — to ensure temperatures at ground level are appropriate and consistent throughout the space.
ICC Sydney recently took out top prize for Australia’s best infrastructure project at Infrastructure Partnerships Australia’s National Infrastructure Awards, for its excellent design, prudent construction and outstanding financial performance. It has also won several accolades since it opened for its advanced sustainability and innovation initiatives, including the Best Public Building and Best Tourism and Leisure Development awards in the 2018 Property Council of Australia/Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards.