Conference Oxford marks £170m investment in facilities

More than £170m has been invested in Oxford’s conferencing facilities over the past five
years, according to figures released by Conference Oxford.

bureau this week has also announced plans for a further £50m in new
developments in the city’s meetings facilities stock.

the recent developments is Centrepiece, an £80m refurbishment of the newly
named Weston Library at the Bodleian. Renovation work began in 2011 and the
building was officially opened in March this year.

Weston Library now includes an 854sqm hall for dining or drinks, a lecture
theatre seating 117, and a rooftop terrace with views across the city – all of
which can be hired for conferences and events.

Thatcher Business Education Centre at
Saïd Business School is another
£28m new development, which includes three lecture theatres, multiple seminar
rooms, and dining facilities for up to 250 delegates.

developments in Oxford colleges have also enhanced options for conference
organisers. Pembroke College (pictured) unveiled the new Rokos Quad in 2013; a
£30m development including a 170-seat lecture theatre.

times have also seen a £10m investment at Somerville College and £4m in Oriel
College’s Rhodes Building Project.

Oxford is also launching a bespoke service to help facilitate larger
conferences taking place in the city and coordinate dealings with all the
various conference spaces and accommodation offerings.

Bennett, chair at Conference Oxford said: “The combination of stunning
historical buildings and first-class modern facilities make Oxford the ideal
location for conferencing in the UK.

week’s announcement demonstrates the city’s commitment to constantly improving
the offering for conferences and events of any size.”

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