Following a year in the making and a $4 million upgrade, Hilton Brisbane unveiled its newly renovated conference and events space on Wednesday 19 October.
Carr Design of Melbourne was tasked with the renewal of the hotel’s conference and events rooms on level 5. The brief was to capture elements of Harry Seidler’s original design vision and to connect the hotel’s soaring lobby atrium with the spaces below. Also essential was ensuring the needs of the 21st century conference and event organisers were exceeded. Sound, lighting and other audio visual technology have all been upgraded.
“We are particularly delighted by the amazing lighting features in the main Ballroom and throughout the event spaces,” said Chris Partridge, general manager, Hilton Brisbane. “As Hilton Brisbane celebrates 30 years of hospitality, our location in the heart of the CBD, and accessibility to transport combined with the continued renewal of the hotel ensures this iconic property remains the city’s premium conference and event hotel, and is as relevant today as it was in 1986.”
Pictured: Guests at the exclusive launch event inside the newly refurbished Hilton Brisbane Lobby.
The renovation project saw the property’s entire meeting and event space stripped down to the bare bones and recreated with attention paid to all areas including replacement of the main ballroom operable walls which when dividing the room ensures an upgraded acoustic environment.
To celebrate the re-launch of its newly refurbished Conferencing and Events floor, Hilton Brisbane hosted an exclusive event for local Professional Conference Organisers to come and experience the new ballroom space. As the in-house AV and event services partner, Staging Connections were on-hand to deliver all the audio visual, lighting, multimedia design, and styling for the launch event. The challenge was creating an intimate and remarkable environment for 25 guests within an expansive ballroom that can fit up to 1000.
Pictured: In-house AV and event services partner, Staging Connections, created an intimate dinner for 20 VIPs inside the new Grand Ballroom.
To hero the new menu prepared by renowned Chef Hueman Lam, Staging Connections chose to suspend centrepieces made of Singapore orchids, moss and tea lights encased in glass votives. Decorative fleur screens were installed around the tables to create an intimate space whilst allowing the guests to see through the fleur dividers acknowledging the sheer size of the Grand Ballroom.
Pictured: Guests were treated to the delicious new menu surrounded by stunning table styling by Staging Connections.
The room was designed to enhance the new furnishings with the walls left free from draping and the colour palette of the lighting design and table centrepieces accentuating the warm plum and copper of the room.
Staging Connections created custom multimedia content to display across the screens within the room, which featured a beautiful layered animated graphic with Hilton branding drifting across it.
Pictured: Staging Connections were tasked with creating a 'remarkable' and 'innovative' event experience to showcase the newly upgraded Hilton Brisbane Grand Ballroom.
The hotel’s Director of Business Development, Thomas Diehl, said, “there has already been incredible interest from conference and meeting planners together with social and wedding organisers who will love Queens Ballroom”.
The hotel invested $700,000 in 2015 to rejuvenate its pool terrace and Victoria’s Meeting room and has committed nearly $14 million over the last five years to create an oasis of style in the middle of Brisbane’s inner-city bustle.
With a function space covering 2,500 square metres divided across 19 rooms, with the ability to cater from a small meeting to a presentation for 1,000 guests, the Hilton Brisbane remains the ideal location for hotel based events.