The Celtic Manor Resort has announced the appointment of Scott Brownrigg as the international design practice contractor for the planned International Convention Centre, scheduled for completion in 2018.
Designed to attract major events from across the world, the projected facilities will have capacity for 4,000 delegates, making it the largest facility of its kind in Wales and the South West of England.
With a total capacity in excess of 20,000sqm, the main auditorium will hold 1,300 delegates with the flexibility to divide into smaller spaces. A separate main exhibition hall will stretch to 4,000sqm and be able to accommodate up to 2,000 guests for a gala dinner.
Celtic Manor Resort Chairman Sir Terry Matthews said: “We’ve made no secret of our desire to expand our successful business at the Celtic Manor. It makes me proud to be working with the Welsh Government to deliver the International Convention Centre that Wales so badly needs. It will rival any convention facility in Europe and act as a magnet for major events, bringing huge benefits to the Welsh economy.”
Scott Brownrigg have been commissioned to carry out the detailed design of the new centre to be built close to the resort’s existing hotels and conference facilities at Coldra Woods, Newport. The Welsh Government has provided loan support for the design work and also provided support to Celtic Manor 2014 Ltd in 2013 to complete the initial stages of the project.
The First Minister, Carwyn Jones said: “The recent NATO Summit and the Ryder Cup have shown Wales and the Celtic Manor have the ability to host events on a global scale. In order to capitalise on Wales’ growing reputation in this area we need a world-class convention centre to host international events and conferences on a regular basis. That is why we are supporting Celtic Manor 2014 Ltd as it develops its plans to create an iconic International Convention Centre.”
Neil MacOmish, Group Board Director at Scott Brownrigg said: “We are delighted to have been selected to design Wales’ International Convention Centre, which is designed to be both memorable and create a lasting contribution to the special place, context and environment, not just of the Celtic Manor Resort but of this part of Wales.”
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