International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney

The project was won as a competitive PPP bid in 2012 and all PPP facilities were delivered by the end of 2016. Robert Bird Group provided the structural engineering services and in ground services 3D modelling and clash detection for all PPP buildings from bid phase to final completion.


Our bid phase value engineering initiatives included retention of some 25,000m2 of existing exhibition hall structure floor slab from the old facility assisted in the successful Lend Lease consortium bid.


ICC Sydney is one of Australia’s largest multi-modal convention, exhibition and entertainment precincts. The project features:


  • A Convention building including 2,000-capacity Grand Ballroom and 2,500-capacity theatre and multiple meeting rooms and function rooms
  • A two-level Exhibition Building with 40,000m2 of exhibition space and some 800 car parking spaces. The upper hall is a 20kPa-capacity floor supported by “quadruped” arms on a 27m x 27m grid with a 104m clear span roof
  • A 8000 seat (9000 capacity) theatre with all function facilities designed to host sports and music events.
  • Exhibition hall roof that spams 104m by 126m wide and was strand jacked into place.
  • Public realm structures including bridge links, wayfinding and public stages

Project Value:     


Year Start / Completed:


Building Metrics:

Total Area: 80,000 m² approx

Levels: 8

8000 seats 95m x 90m Theatre Building

40,000m² Exhibition Building

2500 seats Darling Harbour Theatre

35,000m² Convention Bayside Building



Public Facilities


Lend Lease

Primary Contractor:

Lend Lease


Hassell Studio + Populous

Robert Bird Group Services:

Structural Engineering

Civil Engineering

Construction Engineering

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Robert Bird Group provide outstanding innovative and buildable structural design solutions in all sectors across the globe.



Robert Bird Group’s Civil Engineers provide engineering design services from concept and planning through detailed design on to construction and maintenance, with the potential for ongoing management and advice for the operating life of a project.


Culture & Entertainment

Cultural venues including museums, galleries, expo and event spaces and larger entertainment facilities represent the creative centres for all cities and communities bringing people together to share these informative and enjoyable experiences.


Sports & Entertainment

People visit sports and entertainment facilities anticipating an enjoyable experience. This begins with the approach to the venue and embraces the aesthetics of the facade and enclosure.


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