Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre

Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre

Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
General information
Status Currently Under Re-construction
Type Convention center
Architectural style Modern architecture
Address Darling Harbour
Town or city Sydney
Country Australia
Opening 1988
Renovated 2013 - 2016
Owner NSW Government
Technical details
Floor count 3
Renovating team
Renovating firm 2013 Redevelopment: AEG Ogden, Lend Lease, Capella Capital and Spotless

The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre is a former convention centre in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The centre was located in Sydney's Darling Harbour near the Central Business District. The site of the building was adjacent to Cockle Bay, Tumbalong Park and the Harbourside shopping centre.

The centre closed in December 2013 to make way for the new Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct at Darling Harbour, due to be completed for the end of 2016.[1] An interim facility for large consumer and trade shows, Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island, opened in February 2014 and will operate during the construction of the new Darling Harbour facilities.


  • History 1
  • Transport 2
  • Architecture Award 3
  • Criticism of Demolition 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre was a key meeting venue of APEC Australia 2007 in September, 2007 when the political leaders of the 21 member states of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation met. The venue was host to the Business Leader's Summit held in conjunction with APEC Leader's Week.

The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre was officially opened in 1988, with a new section of the centre added for the 2000 Summer Olympics. During those games, the venue played host to the boxing, fencing, judo, weightlifting, and wrestling competitions. The building was owned by the State Government of New South Wales, with the centre administration and business run by the Accor Hotel Group. The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre was used as a conference and convention venue and to hold exhibitions, as well as hosting various smaller events such as weddings and meetings. The Convention Centre had around 30 rooms, ranging from small meeting rooms to a 3500 capacity auditiorium, as well as foyer areas and other spaces which can be adapted for use as an exhibition space or pre-dinner function venue. The Exhibition Centre consisted of six halls, used primarily for exhibitions, but also for gala dinners and other large-scale events.

The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre was used as the biggest venue for the Sydney Olympic Games outside of Sydney Olympic Park.[2]


The Sydney Monorail and Inner West Light Rail provided public transport to the centre. The monorail opened in 1988 and shut down in 2013. The light rail opened in 1997. The Convention and Exhibition Centre stations are named after the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Architecture Award

The 1989 Sir John Sulman Medal for Public Architecture was awarded to Philip Cox Richardson Taylor Partners for Sydney Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour (joint winner).

Criticism of Demolition

Convention Centre in process of demolition March 2014
Exhibition Centre in process of demolition March 2014

Architects John Andrews and Philip Cox spoke out over the demolition of the convention and exhibition buildings completed in 1988. The Sydney Morning Herald carried the following story on January 16, 2014:


  1. ^ "Sydney remains optimistic as convention centre closure looms". TTGmice. Retrieved 7 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "2000 Summer Olympics official report.] Volume 1. p. 383." (PDF). 
  3. ^

External links

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