Event Exeter has unveiled its £48m investment in the Forum. The Forum
building, located at the centre of the University of Exeter’s Streatham
Campus and featuring a refurbished main library and Great Hall, marks a
rejuvenation of the South-West as a conference destination.
The £48m investment programme, funded by the University of Exeter
has launched a facility that draws together three core differentiators:
progressive technology, sustainability measures, and catering under its
iconic gridshell roof.
“The University of Exeter is recognised
as one of the great beacons of learning and we are delighted we can
bring this to the corporate market with the development of the Forum.,”
says Assistant Director Campus Services (Sales and Events) at the
University of Exeter, Sarah Snow.
The Forum’s two-year build
process has created a 400 capacity auditorium, 12 seminar meeting rooms
with capacity for 25 and two Exploration laboratories, as well as
accommodation for 1,200 delegates. The Forum also provides expansive
networking areas, with a landscaped outdoor piazza.
investment of over £500,000 in technology means the Forum can offer live
conference capture to allow speakers to record their sessions with Echo
360, double screen video conferencing and digital signage meaning
keynote sessions in the main auditorium can be streamed to other rooms
or used by sponsors.
Seating in the auditorium has been specially
designed to facilitate group discussions with fully rotational seats;
each seat is also individually networked with data and power sockets.
a first for UK universities, the Forum offers two Exploration
Laboratories. The first offers ten 65-inch computerised learning
’surface tables’ with touch-screen technology, allowing delegates to
research, share and present their work within small groups. Adjoined is a
second laboratory offering 60 tablet PC’s alongside video conferencing
“The Forum is an important addition to the
University of Exeter, in terms of the wider opportunities it affords by
drawing high yielding business events to the local area,” says Deborah
Meaden, Dragon’s Den Investor and Entrepreneur. “The new facility
underlines the University’s drive to be the best in the world for
education and knowledge,” she adds.
To fulfil CSR credentials
construction materials have been re-used and recycled where possible,
Green Guide ’A’ rated materials have been incorporated at every
opportunity and the building fabric and glazing used in the Forum has
achieved a level of thermal performance 10 per cent better than is
required by building regulations.
The Forum was officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen on 2 May 2012.
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