A new multi-million pound conference centre is to open next year at The University of Strathclyde.
The £90m Technology and Innovation Centre is set for completion in March 2015 and it is hoped the new facility will enable close collaboration between academics, business, industry and the public sector.
The new addition to Glasgow’s event venue portfolio has been created with a number of global research areas in mind, tying in with the city’s overall strategic focus to attract meetings in sectors including energy, manufacturing, health and the development of future cities.
In 2013/2014, Glasgow delivered 58 conferences in these key areas, generating more than £16.8m to the local economy. The city has won bids to host 186 conferences in these sectors up until 2022, securing a boost of an estimated £200m to the local economy.
“Glasgow’s profile is continuing to shine on the global spotlight after our most historically influential year and introducing our new conference centre is building on our conventions success to date,” said Aileen Crawford, Head of Conventions at Glasgow City Marketing Bureau.
Crawford told CN the new year-round facility will foster key links with the city’s ambassador programme, as well as the specific sectors the bureau is targeting.
“This is a unique facility with a collaborative ethos between industry and academia, while linking domestic and international associations,” she said.
Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal of the University and Chair of Glasgow Economic Leadership, added: “The city of Glasgow has an enviable reputation for research and innovation, and here at the University of Strathcylde, we are proud of our track record in creating successful partnerships between business and industry, policy makers and academia.”
The new facility includes a main auditorium with capacity for 450 delegates, an additional auditorium for 150, and eight seminar or breakout rooms for up to 35 delegates.
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