The key stakeholders for the £12m Wellcome Hinxton expansion of the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus gathered, 2 August, for the ground breaking ceremony.
The expansion of the campus, near Cambridge, will add a 64-bedroom residential block, which will increase the existing hotel room capacity to 136 rooms, and a restaurant extension which will be able to host up to 300 delegates.
The conference centre hosts more than 10,000 delegates each year and the expansion is part of plans to grow the current scientific conference programmes of the research institutes on campus.
Local building contractor R G Carter has been appointed to the construction and says it is committed to minimising environmental impact by using low energy and sustainable building techniques. The work is set to finish in November 2013.
At the ceremony the Campus Director, David Davison, described the new work as a first and major step towards achieving plans to become the primary centre for supporting scientific research in the area.
“The conference centre will be at the heart of our public engagement programme delivery going forward,” he added.
“This substantial investment in our product and ongoing plans will give us a stronger market presence and help us approach new customers and market sectors,” Conference Centre Manager at Wellcome Conference Centres, Rachel Cordier, said. “An increased room inventory, as well as a larger and improved restaurant, will also allow us to pitch for larger pieces of business which will in turn have a positive impact in Cambridgeshire’s economy.”
Set in over 100 acres of parkland on the banks of the River Cam,Wellcome Trust Conference Centre offers nine conference and event rooms, the largest seating 300 delegates. The Wellcome Trust Conference Centre comprises a purpose-built conference centre and a Grade II listed country house, Hinxton Hall.
Photo from left to right: Rachel Cordier, Conference Centre Manager, Wellcome Conference Centres; David Davison, Genome Campus Director; Rob Carter, Managing Director, RG Carter Construction Ltd; Bruce Nepp, Senior Architect, Abell Nepp.
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