Sydney, Australia, to Build Temporary Convention Facility

A request for proposal will be issued soon to find companies interested in designing, building, operating and then removing a temporary convention facility in Sydney, Australia, to handle events after the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre closes at the end of 2013 and while the new Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct is created from 2014-2016. The interim facility, a 162,000-square-foot pavilion, would be built on Glebe Island, with an adjacent 108,000-square-foot space available to tent for larger events. The temporary center's operator will be selected by March 2013, with the facility geared to open shortly before the SCEC closes. "As many business events relocate to Sydney's hotels, dedicated event venues, Australian Technology Park and Sydney Olympic Park in the wake of the SICEEP development news, it's clear that Sydney is definitely open for business during the development period," said Lyn Lewis-Smith, CEO of Business Events Sydney. "This being said, the exhibition sector has been awaiting the announcement of an interim facility for large exhibitions and trade shows — particularly those for which the harborside location is key. Glebe Island Expo is welcome news to the strong and successful exhibition industry in Sydney." BESydney will be managing the transition of existing bookings from the SCEC and take booking enquiries for Glebe Island Expo until an operator is selected.