ICYMI: BEN in August 2018
Howard’s Hall to open in Nov
DEVELOPERS behind the Howard Smith Wharves project on the banks of the Brisbane River have confirmed the city’s newest events venue, Howard’s Hall, will open in November. Designed by Woods Bagot, the 1,100m2 space already has bookings until 2022.
Howard’s Hall has a capacity of 1,200 guests for cocktails, with the ability to use outdoor spaces to extend capacities. Other features include retractable floor-to-ceiling windows, rooftop terraces and rooms of varying sizes that allow multiple events to be hosted at once.
Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the Howard Smith Wharves “will become a vibrant leisure destination with public park-land, riverside dining and an exciting mix of entertainment and cultural experiences that will enhance Brisbane’s status as a New World City”.
Four Points opens
Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Central Park, located within a retail, dining and residential precinct on the site of a former brewery in Chippendale, officially opened its doors last month. The 297-room hotel features two luxury suites, an al fresco bar and restaurant, 553m2 of conference space consisting of flexible rooms and an outdoor terrace, along with a gym and parking.
“Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Central Park, will open up a vibrant and unique Sydney hub to interstate and international visitors,” said Mick Caddey, project director, Frasers Property Australia.
Guests and locals can enjoy contemporary cuisine at Central Quarter restaurant and a selection of craft beers, spirits and wines at Malt Bar, near the heritage-listed Kent Brewery.
New Sunshine Coast Centre
The Queensland Government has committed $700,000 to develop a business case for the Sunshine Coast Entertainment, Convention and Exhibition Centre via the Maturing the Infrastructure Pipeline Program.
Visit Sunshine Coast CEO Simon Latchford said the news was encouraging, “but it is important for the study to include a detailed analysis of future demand as well as identifying other supporting infrastructure and services” to ensure the success of the centre.
The proposed Centre will have a 1,800-person plenary hall; a reconfigurable 3,900-person exhibition hall and adjoining concourse; seven meeting rooms for 580 people; and 1,500m2 of external plaza space.