Four Points by Sheraton in Sydney is Australia’s biggest hotel and is currently undergoing a vast expansion. The developers, M&L Hospitality, are adding a third tower to its 683-room establishment in Darling Harbour.
The AUS$160 million, 25-storey expansion includes a convention space, exhibition and meeting space, dining precinct, seven floors of offices, 222 additional guest rooms and improved public spaces that will give pedestrians easy access to Darling Harbour from Sydney’s central business district.
Brookfield Multiplex has been appointed as the contractor and the expansion project will be completed in 2016. The 4 800 square metres of meeting space has been designed with glass and pillar-less interiors that will maximise views of the harbour as well as natural light within the building. The expansion will also include 11 meeting rooms, a pre-function area and two ballrooms that will seat over 1 000 people theatre-style.
State-of-the-art audio visual (AV) technology and digital solutions and IT systems are being used for the expansion. Aurecon was tasked with the information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure design for this world-class project that included a converged structured cabling system and an in-building coverage system.
Indoor mobile phone coverage has become increasingly important in facilities such as Four Points by Sheraton where extensive conference and exhibition capabilities are offered, making a distributed antenna system (DAS) a mandatory requirement. In addition, the network and structured cabling design is a critical component for all the other digital systems to work properly. Aurecon’s experience in technology solutions for the hospitality industry, coupled with the solutions offered by specialist consultant CHW Consulting, will lay the foundations for a highly integrated IT, communications, AV and building technology system.
The structured cabling system, new ICT equipment room and new DAS room that Aurecon designed will successfully integrate all of the technology that will be used in the meeting rooms, exhibition spaces and convention centre. Everything from voice, video and data, wireless solutions, building automation, security and building environment controls of the hotel will be integrated into this system.
The structured cabling system was designed to save time and money during construction and be flexible enough to accommodate future growth, restructuring as well as new technology adaptation. Besides being able to offer access to AV and digital facilities for conferences, the system is also able to integrate seamlessly with the extensive Wi-Fi connectivity, IPTV system, VoIP, digital signage, real time location services (RTLS) and accompanying digital equipment that the hotel will offer for both hotel guests and commercial tenants.
The expansive redevelopment of Four Points by Sheraton is set to be a landmark project, which forms part of the revitalisation of Darling Harbour as an innovative, appealing tourism hub. Not only will the added hotel rooms and meeting spaces help address the shortfall of event and hotel accommodation space in Sydney, but the world-class technology and digital infrastructure will make Four Points by Sheraton a leading destination for conferences and exhibitions.