Precinct demonstrates world leadership

07 Jun 2016

ICC Sydney is the centrepiece of the NSW Government’s $3.4 billion revitalisation of Darling Harbour, which has just received the highest available rating for master-planned precincts in Australia, demonstrating ‘World Leadership, by achieving a 6 Star Green Star Communities (v1) rating from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA)’.

The revitalisation of ICC Sydney and ICC Sydney Hotel precinct within Darling Harbour includes:

  • three interconnected and flexible buildings that can host world class conventions, exhibitions and entertainment events
  • vibrant public spaces centred around the expanded green space of Tumbalong Park and links the waterfront to the city and its surrounds by a bustling boulevard and pedestrian connections
  • 35,000sqm of internal exhibition space and 5,000sqm of open air event deck
  • 35 storey, 600 room luxury accommodation managed by Sofitel of AccorHotels.

The Darling Square neighbourhood as well as ICC Sydney and the ICC Sydney Hotel, was assessed for its sustainability performances across five impact categories – Governance, Innovation, Liveability, Economic Prosperity and the Environment. High scoring sustainable concepts include Australia’s largest electric car charging facilities at ICC Sydney’s exhibition car park, and the nation’s first community funded and Australia’s largest CBD roof top solar array.

Geoff Donaghy, CEO of ICC Sydney, said “A revitalisation of the public domain benchmarks ICC Sydney’s sustainability measures within a waterfront location as a leading world class destination for business and entertainment events.

“The smart design of ICC Sydney delivers a range of environmentally and socially sustainable solutions and we intend to amplify these strategies through our management of the venue during our preopening, test event and operating phases,” he said.

GBCAs Chief Executive Officer, Romilly Madew, said, “Our cities are more than engine rooms of economic growth – they are also at the frontline as we tackle many of the world’s challenges, from how we mitigate climate change to how we harness our human capital. Darling Harbour is the latest expression of Lendlease’s commitment to ensuring sustainable outcomes for people and the environment rank alongside economic outcomes. Darling Harbour’s regeneration will create a positive legacy for future generations, with a 6 Star Green Star – communities rating providing the positive reinforcement that this development is sustainable.

ICC Sydney is part of a socially responsible and environmentally sensitive convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct, delivered by the NSW Government in partnership with Darling Harbour Live consortium, comprising Lendlease, Hostplus, Capella Capital, AEG Ogden and Spotless FM.

Key sustainability facts:

  • Darling Harbour Live is registered with the international recognised US Green Building Council for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), and is set to achieve a Gold Certification
  • Over 20% reduction in annual greenhouse gas emissions to 2012 NCC minimum requirements
  • Target 14% reduction in potable water use (reference to Australian Standard  AS/NZ:500.1.2003 100%mains water)
  • Improved east west pedestrian connections between Darling Harbour and neighbouring precincts of Chinatown, Town Hall, Central, Ultimo and Pyrmont
  • Solar hot water servicing the commercial kitchens
  • New 680m long, 20m wide Boulevard connecting Darling Harbour to Quay Street
  • Encourage cycling with designated bike track and end of trip facilities
  • 3000sqm more public space at Tumbalong Park
  • 90% construction waste recycling target
  • 75% operational waste recycling target