Harrogate breaks ground on new halls

The mayor of Harrogate and leading local industry figures attended the
official ground-breaking ceremony today for the new halls extension at the
Harrogate International Centre (HIC).

The development is supported in
part by regional development agency Yorkshire Forward, which helped fund the
£13m expansion plan along with Harrogate Borough Council. The two new halls, due
to be completed in autumn 2011, will add a combined 3,300sqm of event space,
bringing the total space for the venue up to
19,800sqm.

“We have had a couple of very rough
years this year and last,” says Stuart Quin, managing director of HIC, “so the
strong interest in the new halls is encouraging.”

Most existing halls are around
three and a half metres tall, with Hall M standing out with more than eight
metres in height.

“We need halls that can easily
accommodate what events are demanding these days,” he
says.

David Tallent, director of G&T
events and organiser of tipper-truck exhibition Tip-Ex, says the new halls will
be a big improvement on the existing ones, which have restrictive height and
width. “From my point of view it’s very exciting,” he says. “Although we do get
our trailers and trucks into halls A and B, we have to limit overall height.” He
adds that only Hall M can comfortably fit the bigger machines involved in the
exhibition.

Paul Colston

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