Four Points by Sheraton Sydney - 161 Sussex Street Redevelopment
In 2013, M&L Hospitality launched a $160 million redevelopment that would span 3 years and revitalise the convention and exhibition precinct in Sydney. The 161 Sussex St redevelopment transformed the 25 year old Four Points by Sheraton into one of the largest hotels and convention spaces in Australia. The hotel features a new 26 storey glass tower which provides an additional 220 guest rooms and commercial office suites.
Hotels and their function spaces in particular, are dependent on reliable and discreet AV and ICT system which contributes to an immersive guest experience. CHW Consulting was tasked with integrating existing legacy systems and designing new systems that would lead the hotel into the future. As the building’s existing infrastructure was required to work harmoniously with the new system, we carefully audited existing systems and provided 161 Sussex St developers with a range of tailored solutions. Furthermore, as the hotel was to remain fully operational throughout the redevelopment, close coordination with M&L Hospitality and contractors were needed to ensure there were minimal disruptions.
The advanced ICT and AV systems for 161 Sussex St catered to the facility’s unique needs. CHW oversaw the implementation of:
- Expansive AV systems with flexible rigging in the Convention Space
- High Fidelity Meeting Rooms
- 100% Wireless Coverage throughout, supporting peak usages for 1000+ patrons
- In room IPTV System, with FTA TV, Pay TV, VoD/MoD
- New Voice over IP Telephony system
- Real Time Tracking Systems
- Centralised Digital Signage System
A key priority of the redevelopment was to revamp the hotel’s public areas and multiple venue spaces. The entrance lobby, concourse, convention, exhibition and function spaces were all refurbished to feature a modern and sleek interior. The redeveloped hotel offers a number of flexible conference, meeting and events spaces and 2 grand ballrooms with panoramic views of Darling Harbour.
The meeting rooms are all equipped with presentation systems, local laptop input and wireless coverage. These systems are all integrated seamlessly into the décor, with LCD panels discreetly hidden in the walls and drop down projector screens. Several of the spaces feature operable walls which open up to create larger meeting rooms. To accommodate this, CHW Consulting designed an AV system that supported the meeting rooms’ various configurations, enabling the rooms to operate both autonomously and in tandem with each other.
The 2 grand ballrooms on the mezzanine level features ceiling glass providing lots of natural light and views of Darling Harbour. Each function room has a capacity of 1000 guests and serves multiple purposes. In response, CHW Consulting provided an AV System that was capable of supporting numerous layout functions, room size and guest capacities. The ceilings feature rigging points, allowing for the flexible placement of projector screens while the walls are lined with embedded speakers.
The redevelopment of 161 Sussex St positions the hotel property as one of the largest hotel and convention spaces in Australia. CHW Consulting expertise in providing flexible ICT and AV designs for commercial spaces delivered a system that will further support 161 Sussex St as a leading convention and conference destination in the heart of Sydney.