A £500,000 investment, including a £200,000 grant from the East Midlands Development Agency, will allow Hodsock Priory, Blyth, North Nottinghamshire, to provide local and regional businesses with new meeting facilities, as part of a refurbishment of the old dairy.
The farm at Hodsock Priory occupies 800 acres and expects to launch the new meetings facilities in September. A new conference and events manager, Lindsay Jones, has been appointed.
GM and owner of Hodsock Priory George Buchanan, says introducing eco-friendly technology into the development was paramount. Solar panels and a heat exchange recovery system have been installed.
Buchanan describes the renovation as “an exciting new phase in the regeneration and diversification of Hodsock Priory”. The venue will be able to cater for conferences with up to 200 delegates.
ldquo;Following the opening of our new facilities, we anticipate increasing our conference and meetings business by 75 per cent over the next 12 months,” said Buchanan.
The project has been supported through the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE).