Since its opening in 1973, the Sydney Opera House has become an icon of modern Australia and one of the country’s premier tourist destinations.

Now, this landmark of 20th century architecture is being renewed for the 21st century.

The Concert Hall’s upgrades will improve its acoustics, streamline accessibility to the stage and backstage areas and replace ageing theatre systems.

In addition, the Joan Sutherland Theatre’s equipment has reached the end of its operational life. Installation of new systems will see improved reliability, functionality and safety in the theatre.

The modernisation of Sydney Opera House is a major challenge. It’s the biggest refurbishment project since the Opera House was opened 45 years ago. And the Opera House needs to stay open throughout the project, with thousands of visitors flocking through the spaces.

This forum, will take you back of house to help you understand the renewal works engineering.

On this forum you’ll:

  • Witness the Renewal project in action and get an understanding of its technical complexity
  • Hear from the CEO and Building Director on the challenges of the Renewal project, their vision for the Opera House and the challenges behind its creation
  • Hear from a renowned architect about the Opera House story vision and challenges behind its creation
  • Participate in discussions about the risks and opportunities behind the Renewal project

Forum Speakers

  • Louise Herron AM – CEO, Sydney Opera House
  • Ian Cashen – Director, Building, Sydney Opera House
  • Professor Richard Johnson, AO MBE – Founding Director, Johnson Pilton Walker Pty Ltd


The College of Leadership and Management (CLM)
Risk Engineering Technical Society
Asset Management Council


Tuesday 18 September
Depart ICC: 0735
Arrive back at ICC: 1330

Departure Location

ICC, Darling Harbour

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Closed Soled Shoes (no ballet flats, heels or sandals permitted)

Any delegates whom do not have the above/or comply, will not be permitted to board the bus for the site visit.