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September 11, 2009
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Upgrade for Bournemouth conference hall




Phase one of the Bournemouth International Centre’s (BIC’s) £300,000 investment in its Tregonwell Hall is nearly complete.

One of the BIC’s four auditoriums, Tregonwell Hall is suited to smaller, more intimate conferences of around 300 to 1,000 people, and has become one of the most popular conference halls at the award-winning purpose-built venue.
 
“We are celebrating our 25th birthday this year and saw this as the perfect opportunity to breathe some new life into the Tregonwell Hall,” said the BIC’s Clive Tyers.

The BIC’s continuous improvement fund, called the life cycle, is being used to finance the work, which includes complete redecoration, a new ceiling, enhanced electrical services and fitting of new acoustic panels.

Work commenced in July and is expected to finish in early September, ready for the start of the BIC’s busy autumn conference season.

Phase two, which includes final redecoration, such as new carpet and doors, is scheduled for February 2010, and will be completed during that month.
 
A favourite of both the corporate and association market for conferences, annual general meetings and small exhibitions, the redesign will lift Tregonwell Hall to the high standard implemented by the massive £22m redevelopment of the BIC in 2004-5, which included the provision of a fourth hall and expansion of the BIC’s show piece, the Windsor Hall.

Following the redevelopment the BIC’s total capacity increased to 10,000 across all halls and break out spaces, making it ideal for large events such as the annual Labour Party Conference, which recently confirmed it is returning to the BIC in 2013.
 
The Labour Party Conference is expected to bring more than 12,000 delegates, exhibitors, contractors, media and business ambassadors to Bournemouth, boosting the area’s economy by an estimated £18 million.


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