New convention centre planned for Wales

WCN Editorial Team 2 Feb 2017 EUROPE BUILDINGS

John Sisk and Son has been selected as the principal contractor for the new International Convention Centre Wales (ICC Wales) at Celtic Manor Resort in the UK.

The joint venture of Welsh Government and Celtic Manor, which will manage the project, has also secured a £51.5M funding deal with NatWest for the project, which will entail an investment of £83.7M.

Welsh Government cabinet secretary for economy and infrastructure Ken Skates said: “This will be a major asset for Wales, enabling us to compete with any venue in the UK and indeed Europe to attract and host key events that make a huge contribution to the economy.”

ICC Wales will have a total floor space of more than 26,000 sq m, and a capacity to house up to 5,000 delegates. It will feature a 1,500-seat auditorium and a 4,000 sq m separate exhibition hall that will serve as the largest pillar-free ballroom in Europe. The facility will have five divisible meeting rooms, breakouts at all levels to outdoor networking spaces, green rooms and production facilities.

The development will also feature a 2,500 sq m plaza, and 700 car parking spaces.

Celtic Manor Resort chairman Sir Terry Matthews said: “This International Convention Centre will allow us to attract the biggest and most lucrative business events to Wales, as well as high-profile summits and party political conferences. ICC Wales will rival any convention facility in Europe and will act as a magnet for major events, bringing huge benefits to the Welsh economy.”

Work is expected to commence in March, with the centre set to open in June 2019.

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