started on the first phase of a multi-million pound development that will
transform the heart of Telford and The
International Centre (TIC).
The work at TIC in St Quentin Gate, is the start of the
new Southwater development, and the first step towards a brand new convention
quarter for the town. The project is a joint
initiative between the Southwater Event Group (owners of TIC) and Telford and Wrekin Council.
Southwater Event Group chief executive,
Tom Gray, says he is “extremely excited to see work
starting on site on the first stage of a development that will change the face
“We’ve worked in partnership with the
council, and with other organisations and businesses to bring this development
to life, and we’re all looking forward to a dynamic future for the town as a
whole,” he adds.
The initial work will create an additional
entrance for TIC by September. This will allow the venue
to host more events simultaneously and manage traffic flow better. A second new
access will then be built, with more breakout space and a new event suite for up
to 1,500 delegates (almost 3,000sqm of extra event space). There will also be
additional public areas at the venue itself, and plans have been submitted for a
new hotel, bars and restaurants.
“We are creating additional entrances so
that we can host more events all at the same time, and enable each event to have
its own dedicated access and reception areas. This will increase the flexibility
of our facilities, and create more opportunities for organisers in our
increasingly busy diary,” says
“Our ambition is to cement TIC’s position
as one of the best events venues in the UK, but to do this, we need to see
the development of the town’s infrastructure. The council’s masterplan for the
new convention quarter will create a thriving night time economy with the
International Centre at its heart.
“By investing in our facilities, we
believe we can compete more effectively at a national and international level,
and bring more business to the area, which in
turn will create new jobs and new investment opportunities,” he