At SMC, construction is well underway in the major capital works program that will transform the centre. Global strategy-led business solutions group Incorp have been engaged both as designers and project managers for the multi-million dollar scheme. The group specialises in the integration of people and place, and are experts in delivering future-facing workplaces.

For general manager Paul Davison, the collaboration with Incorp has been seamless given the previous work history that meant their designers and specialists already had a thorough knowledge of the building, an appreciation for its history and a understanding of the opportunities to be realised. “We have built a solid relationship with Incorp over the years and they always impress. Incorp’s architects look at spaces for more than their form to really maximise their business potential,” he explains. “Their values include being caring, curious, clever and courageous. You’ll definitely see these qualities play out throughout their solution, especially in the clever elements such as walls that are not simply walls. Instead they become design elements that accentuate a space rather than merely dividing a room”. 

Senior interior designer at Incorp Junina Juhas is on site weekly and took a moment to share some of the concepts driving the design for the reinvigorated conference centre that will re-open in April 2019. Naturally, the timelessness of the original mid 20th century architecture by Joseland & Gilling provided a springboard for evolving the aesthetic for the new works.

According to Junina, the experience for conference centre delegates and guests will be elevated to that of visiting a luxury hotel at every touchpoint. “Tapping into the honesty of materials in the landmark SMC, the new design unveils existing off-form concrete and uses pattern and textures whilst still maintaining a minimalist suite of materials led by concrete and timber. Within the Brutalist backdrop, it’s about creating something with a heart which is warm and inviting,” she says.  


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Junina explains that the geometries expressed throughout SMC are a strong influence on the design concept. These range from the triangle and diamond patterns generated by the Freemasons’ square and compass emblem to the suspended metal prisms chandelier in the Grand Lodge and Banquet Hall, and will be referenced from the wall panelling down to the bespoke patterned carpets. “You’ll see pattern on pattern, done with respect and elegance,” she mentions, adding that lighting is subtle and accents certain feature walls with chevron panelling. The boardroom entry door is also chevron panelled with bespoke black stained solid timber handles.

On level 4, the new conference facilities are unique and perfectly pitched with the right mix of technology and amenities. The main feature ‘welcoming wall’ is fabricated from individual fibreglass concrete hexagons with a scattering of solid timber leaves, as an element of nature. Double glazed operable walls with custom patterned diamond leaf film of bronzes and rust colours. The ceilings feature solid timber linear acoustic panelling with black metal strips housing lighting and services.

“Whilst there is a rich patterning and a range of textures, the design is otherwise about restraint and celebrating the original architecture in a contemporary way,” says Junina.

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Under Paul’s direction, the program to redevelop Level 4 into its own ‘centre within the centre’ has been extended to a soft refurbishment of the ground floor spaces that harness and draw Incorp’s design language into the arrival area, lift lobby and entrance from Goulburn St.

“The new design of Level 4 and upgrade of other spaces will provide a very attractive and welcoming choice for clients, as well as a very warm and inviting environment for delegates and guests in which to conduct their business,” notes Paul.  “We’re looking forward to unveiling these new spaces after Easter this year”.

 

Book now for a ‘first look’ in May 2019. Places are filling fast for morning, lunch and evening ‘famils’ that will include a tour of the newly renovated spaces, presentation of new services and facilities as well as a taste of the world-class hospitality offerings.  To book for one of our famils, follow the link https://www.smcfc.com.au/smc-reopening-famil.html

Audio Visual and Broadband Internet

 

PROJECTION

In the Grand Lodge and Banquet Hall, the installation of new Panasonic 12,000 lumen laser light source data projectors deliver crystal clarity, brightness and resolution that is ideal for video and film screenings as well as all highlighting the granular detail in speakers’ presentations.

AUDIO

Throughout the building, new digital mixing consoles, concert quality Martin Audio public address systems, wireless microphone technology and lecturns are all welcome improvements for presenters and performers.

Hearing assistance has also been augmented throughout the venue via wired hearing loops and infrared assisted listening systems.

LIGHTING

A newly installed intelligent architectural lighting system allows for lights to be easily and precisely programmed for different functions. Perimeter RGB shadow lighting allows for different colour combinations and mood lighting states. Importantly, feature walls are augmented with gallery-style wall washer lights that highlight artworks and exhibition content. House lighting throughout the foyers and meeting rooms has been upgraded to second generation LEDs for improved light output and energy efficiency. When SMC re-opens, event organisers will simply use touch screens to select options to light their presenters and performers, add stage washes and special effects as well as change the room ambience. Depending on the style of each event, and if needed, SMC’s AV technicians can also control all lighting from one central location.

RIGGING AND SPECIAL EFFECTS

New rigging infrastructure provides added flexibility and the advantage of quick turnarounds when re-setting rooms for different styles of events. A motorised truss in the Banquet Hall and new centrally placed ceiling motors allow for rigging special effects including giant chandeliers and mirror balls. These staging devices and capabilities mean that event organisers have the option to restyle the same room from conference mode to gala mode with ease and efficiency.

INTERNET CONNECTIVITY

When it comes to online access, SMC recognises fibre-optic internet connection as the industry standard. Taking this standard seriously, SMC has invested in an enterprise level fibre-optic backbone and has the capability of providing fast, secure connections reaching speeds of up to 1000 mpbs both up and down, and can accommodate private premium networks. This is ideal for live streaming and delegates making use of digital applications and social media. SMC also offers free Wi-Fi throughout the entire venue for guests and a cabled in connection in every room is possible. Event organisers simply select a connectivity plan to suit their requirements.

 

Whatever the emphasis and creative composition of your event, SMC is now technologically equipped to deliver events aligned with your strategic goals and convey the messages you want to get across.

 

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Parking

SMC and Secure Parking have teamed up to offer you 15% off ALL parking products at the Secure World Square Carpark when booking online.
At the Secure Parking World Square booking page, click “BOOK NOW” next to any of the products and apply the promotional code: SMCFC16.

Arriving by train? The closest station is Museum Station (300 metres or a 3 minute walk) and then Central Station (700 metres or 7 minutes). To walk from Museum Station, simply follow the Castlereagh Street exit signs inside the station, then turn left heading south down Castlereagh Street. At the first intersection (corner of Castlereagh & Goulburn Streets), turn right to come to the SMC main entrance at 66 Goulburn Street.

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SMC Hotel Partners

 

Located within a stone’s throw of the venue are a range of quality affiliated hotels that makes SMC an attractive option to organisers hosting delegates for multi-day events.

Click on the hotel icon in the above map to see each hotel’s address, phone number and website, or download SMC’s Accommodation Fact sheet.

 

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Event Highlights

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Event Type: International Conference

Delegates: 350

Key achievements: Fully flexible venue use, high speed, large-volume internet usage and special requests.

Introduction

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Event Highlights

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Event Type: Annual Meeting, Conference and Workshops

Delegates: 600

Introduction

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Event Highlights

Date: 13 February 2015

Event Type: ACEL Inaugural Hedley Beare Memorial Lecture

Guests: 169

Key achievements: Effectively managed a high profile, high risk national event

Introduction

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Event Highlights

Date: 8 November 2014

Event Type: NSW Australian Cinematographers Society Awards Event

Delegates: 200

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Introduction

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Event Highlights

Date: 20 October 2014

Event Type: Starlight Children's Foundation Volunteer Thank You Event

Delegates: 120

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10th Global Health Conference

Event Highlights

Date: 5 — 9 September 2014

Event Type: Australian Medical Students' Association 10th Global Health Conference, workshop, social events

Delegates: 720

Key achievements: SMC Conference & Function Centre's (SMC) Plenary Hall facilitated the largest ever AMSA global health conference. AMSA engaged a wider than ever range of speakers including, for the first time, a webcast featuring a high profile speaker from the UK

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