The construction of the International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney Hotel, Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour officially started on July 30 following a concrete pouring ceremony with the help of the NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres, owner/investor, Dr Jerry Schwartz, developer, Lendlease, and operator, AccorHotels.

Upon completion in the third quarter of 2017, the Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour will offer 600 five-star accommodation rooms. The construction is part of the state government’s $3.4 billion transformation of the Darling Harbour precinct.

AccorHotels’ chief operating officer Pacific, Simon McGrath said, “We look forward to welcoming Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour to our luxury Sofitel portfolio. The new hotel will offer exceptional quality accommodation that Sydney’s tourism economy crucially needs and its iconic location and cutting-edge design will see the hotel become the city’s most popular luxury address. We are honoured to be managing Dr Schwartz’s most significant hotel project in Australia and look forward to welcoming guests to Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour in 2017.”

Dr Jerry Schwartz said, “This will be a pioneering hotel that plays a crucial role in winning major conferences and events for Sydney. There has been a growing chorus calling for new, high quality five-star accommodation to help Sydney compete with destinations in Asia and elsewhere, and I believe that when the Sofitel opens it will become a landmark, setting new standards for luxury hotels in the city.”

Dr Schwartz was presented with the ‘Hotel Deal of the Year’ Award for over $50 million on July 28, at the HotelsWorld 2015 investment conference for the ICC Sydney Hotel deal last year.

The hotel is being developed, designed, and constructed by Lend Lease together with Sydney-based architects Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp.