Sydney’s largest 5-star hotel rises up out of Darling Harbour International Convention Centre Sydney

By Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia, 31 July, 2015

Lendlease today celebrated the start on site of Sydney’s largest 5-star CBD hotel, the 35 storey, circa 600 room ICC Sydney Hotel at Darling Harbour.


The hotel is being developed, designed and constructed by property and infrastructure group Lendlease. It will be sold to investor, Dr Jerry Schwartz, upon completion and operated by French hotel manager AccorHotels under its luxury 5-star Sofitel brand.


Lendlease was joined on site today by Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres, as well as investor Dr Jerry Schwartz and operator AccorHotels Simon McGrath for a ceremony to mark the start of construction.


Jonathan Emery, Managing Director, Urban Regeneration, Lendlease said “We are thrilled to be developing the first new major luxury hotel in the Sydney CBD since the 2000 Olympics. We are proud to be working in partnership with the State Government, Dr Schwartz and AccorHotels on what will be a landmark building for Sydney.


“Darling Harbour is one of Sydney’s most loved places, and the hotel is an integral part of the significant urban regeneration that is underway in the area. Our vision is that the hotel will become a meeting place for locals enjoying the reinvigorated public spaces, a luxury accommodation experience for guests and a red carpet arrivals destination for VIPs attending events in Sydney’s newest ballroom, next door at ICC Sydney. Lendlease has worked very closely with the architect Richard Francis-Jones to create an iconic building, a beautiful structure that will be a glamorous beacon across the harbour, enhancing our city skyline.”


Dr Jerry Schwartz, said “This will be a pioneering hotel that plays a crucial role in winning major conferences and events for Sydney. There has been a growing chorus calling for new, high-quality 5-star accommodation to help Sydney compete with destinations in Asia and elsewhere, and I believe that when the Sofitel opens it will become a landmark, setting new standards for luxury hotels in the city.”


AccorHotels Chief Operating Officer Pacific, Simon McGrath said, “We look forward to welcoming Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour to our luxury Sofitel portfolio. The new hotel will offer exceptional quality accommodation that Sydney’s tourism economy crucially needs and its iconic location and cutting-edge design will see it become the city’s most popular luxury address. We are honoured to be managing Dr Schwartz’s most significant hotel project in Australia and look forward to welcoming guests to Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour in 2017.”


The hotel is part of the $3.4 billion, 20 hectare transformation of Darling Harbour and has been designed by internationally renowned Sydney architect Richard Francis-Jones, from Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT). The elegant 35 storey building dressed in a lacework curtainwall façade of glass, has panoramic harbour and city views from a range of large luxury rooms. It includes a rooftop club lounge, meeting rooms, ballroom and outdoor pool deck, as well as bars and restaurants with views of Darling Harbour and across the water to the CBD skyline. The hotel is due for completion in the third quarter of 2017.




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Source: Lendlease