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New in the heart of the capital
The InterContinental London – The 02, a new hotel development situated on the Greenwich Peninsula, recently welcomed His Royal Highness The Duke of York, alongside key stakeholders, to a ceremony marking the completion of the highest point of the 18-storey structure. The hotel is set to provide new meeting space for up to 3,000 delegates when it opens before the end of the year. Key features include a 3,000sqm pillar free ballroom, 20 additional multi-functional meeting rooms and extensive pre-function area, 453 guest rooms and suites, including the 18th floor penthouse, all day dining restaurant, main bar and a top floor Sky Bar.

Exhibition Centre Liverpool
The £66m Exhibition Centre Liverpool is on track to open in September this year and will become the only purpose-built interconnected arena, convention and exhibition centre in Europe. The complex includes a four-star Pullman hotel, which is taking bookings from January 2016. Exhibition Centre Liverpool will welcome its first event, The Venue Expo, 8-9 September, while its first international conference win comes from the European Association for International Education, which will take place 12-16 September 2016.

Robinson College’s Crausaz Wordsworth building
Conference and catering manager Nick Milne recently helped install the first of 300 zinc panels that will clad the finished £5m seminar building for Robinson College in Cambridge. The 1,200sqm, two-storey facility, which is set to be completed this summer, has been designed to offer the latest high specification technology including multi-room visual streaming.

Belfast Waterfront expansion
The new £29.5m, 4,000sqm extension to Belfast Waterfront is well underway with steelworks now rising from the ground. Demolition work finished pre-Christmas and piling works in January, paving the way for the steel construction. The main conference and exhibition hall, which has a height of nine metres, is starting to take shape at the rear of the existing facility. The extension, which will open in spring 2016, will enable the venue to host 1,000-plus delegates for conferences.

Somerset retreat
Pennard House, Glastonbury, has opened its doors to meetings and events. In addition to the stately home, Pennard House boasts an outdoor, freshwater swimming pool for end-of-conference BBQs and teambuilding, and a 130-acre estate. The recently converted Coach House has meeting and conference facilities, with an open-plan seating area on the second floor and modern events space downstairs.

New in the North East
The Grade II listed venue The Witham in Barnard Castle unveiled its meetings and events facilities last month, with capacity for 250 delegates. Following a re-development project, The Witham now offers two meeting spaces and a 250-capacity entertainment space for exhibitions, seminars, training days and workshops.

Designs for Celtic Manor ICC finalised
The Celtic Manor Resort is progressing plans for its new International Convention Centre, which is set to be the largest facility of its kind in Wales and the south west of England. The new conference centre has secured outline planning permission from Newport City Council and architects are finalising designs to submit for full planning approval. With a total capacity in excess of 20,000sqm, the main auditorium will hold 1,300 delegates. A separate main exhibition hall will have capacity for 2,000 guests seated. A further 15 meeting rooms will also be available.

New site at Manchester Met University
Birley at Manchester Metropolitan University is a new academic venue that marks the completion of a £350m investment programme. The new venue features a 550sqm multi-purpose hall, a variety of meeting rooms and up-to-date health and education facilities. There is also residential accommodation built as part of the Birley development.

Gleneagles’ new arena
The Gleneagles Hotel is gearing up for the launch of its new 2,500sqm event space – The Gleneagles Arena, which is set to open this spring. Located within Gleneagles’ 850-acre estate, as part of its Activity School complex, the new space will have capacity for 2,000 delegates. Previously an equestrian arena, the event space will also double up as a four-court indoor tennis centre.

This was first published in the March issue of CN. Any comments? Email Zoe Vernor

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