Pre-Conference – Sydney Building Tour

Wednesday 18 September

9.00am – 5.00pm

Sydney is one of the most spectacular cities in the world. The pre-conference Sydney tours will give delegates an exclusive behind-the-scenes look into some of Sydney’s most iconic and innovative buildings. Tours will run from 9am – 5pm approx and will include bus transfers and lunch.

Tickets are strictly limited and cost $110 each.


Tour Options

Delegates are asked to sign up to ONE tour only. Please note, if your selected tour does not meet minimum numbers you will be given the opportunity to select a different tour option or elect to have your money refunded.


Tour One: Opera House | LUNCH | Barangaroo Towers

Tour Two: Barangaroo Towers | LUNCH | Frank Gehry UTS Building

Tour Three: Coal Loader Platform | LUNCH | Barangaroo Towers

Tour Four: Barangaroo Towers | LUNCH | Opera House

The Coal Loader Platform


The last main stage in the redevelopment of the Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability, the Coal Loader Platform is one of Sydney’s largest publicly accessible green roof spaces. Opened in March 2018 as public open space, the Platform is designed to be a multi-purpose recreational space with spectacular views of the harbour.


One hectare in size, the platform now houses a 50KW solar system, a native garden demonstration area, a community garden and leased allotments, and raingardens that lead to a 275,000 L water storage system.


As a sympathetic restoration of an ex industrial site, the Coal Loader aims to integrate sustainable design and technology into the historic features of the site. Join Matthew Tancred, Glascott Landscape and Civil, as he talks about the construction of the Coal Loader Platform and provides an insight into its unique history.

Sydney Opera House


The Sydney Opera House Building Information team will be hosting a guided tour and presentation of this world heritage listed building. Guests will be invited to attend a one hour guided tour through some of our auditoriums, public spaces and back of house areas, led by an experienced staff member.


The tour will then be followed by a presentation of the Opera House, defining its history, statistics, current projects, and newer developments in the building industry, such as integration of digital engineering for new projects, as well as the utilisation of in-house 3D laser scanning for as-built modelling and verification of completed works.

UTS Dr Chau Chak Wing Building (Frank Gehry) Overview


Inspired by the idea of a treehouse, the building was designed by architect Frank Gehry as “a growing learning organism with many branches of thought, some robust and some ephemeral and delicate”. Gehry was determined to not only create a new Sydney landmark but internal spaces that inspire real and relevant research and learning outcomes, interdisciplinary collaboration and the cross-pollination of ideas.

The tour of the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building will introduce delegates to some of the key features of the building including the:

  • Stainless steel staircase located in the main lobby;
  • Main auditorium where the building was opened by the Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove;
  • Oval Classrooms on levels 2 and 3 which feature the world’s largest timber-concrete composite floor construction and the first in Australia;
  • Student study pods and common area on level 5 and;
  • Multiple views of the undulating brickwork and ‘K-Bricks’ from different viewing points.

For key building facts, please visit here.


UTS Building 8
14-28 Ultimo Road
Ultimo, NSW 2007

Post Conference  – Newcastle and Hunter Valley Tour


Saturday 21 September

8.00am – 5.30pm


Leave from the AIB Conference venue, Sydney’s Four Seasons Hotel and travel by luxury coach via the M1 to Newcastle CBD. Morning refreshments will be provided at the new Holiday Inn Express Hotel followed by a short walking tour of the rapidly transforming ‘West-End’ precinct. Travel the length of the CBD from the Transport Interchange on the $300 million light rail (no overhead wires!) to the beach with a snapshot look at the massive ‘East-End’ residential and retail development projects now underway.

Coach via the iconic ‘Honeysuckle’ development on the harbourside to ‘NewSpace’, the core of Newcastle University’s City Campus housing 3,500 staff and students. A buffet lunch will be provided on the Executive floor with spectacular views from ‘Nobby’s Lookout’ towards the ‘Civic’ precinct. Coach via the Hunter Expressway to a traditional Valley vineyard for an exclusive AIB wine tasting. Return via coach to Sydney arriving late afternoon.