Howard’s Hall has been designed by award-winning architecture and interiors studio Woods Bagot, making it part of the 10 percent of Howard Smith Wharves that is not a repurposed heritage space. Though it may not be vintage, the space will fit seamlessly with the existing aesthetic of the Wharves – think an exposed steel frame, a light, shed-like saw tooth roof, plus operable walls that can change according to an event’s requirements. There are also a number of space-within-spaces incorporated, including a rooftop bar, so that multiple events can be held at once. The mammoth 1100sqm space will boast total riverfront views, with a total capacity of 1200 people for cocktail-style events. People are already excited, with the Howard’s Hall booking schedule seeing healthy activity until 2022 at this stage.
The innovative design of Howard’s Hall will be combined with expert management to handle the high-volume space. Scott Bayne has been appointed as General Manager of Events after previous stints at the Star Entertainment Group and Wynn Resorts in Las Vegas. While a head chef is yet to be announced, there will be a staff of up to 350 for special events at Howard’s Hall. Scott has praised the vision of the team at Woods Bagot, who have included a number of technological and virtual reality features to allow prospective clients to see the potential of the space ahead of making bookings.
Howard’s Hall is set to open at the Howard Smith Wharves site this November – for more details, keep your eyes on The Weekend Edition closer to the date.
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