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ConferenceLeeds celebrates £16m of venue investment across the city

More than £16m has gone towards improving the city's facilities
22/02/2018

Pictured: Headrow and Town Hall at night

ConferenceLeeds is celebrating a number of recent venue investments, which has seen a total of over £16 million going towards improving the city’s facilities. The investments include the introduction of a learning centre at Leeds Trinity University, a brand new, high-end spa at Rudding Park and significant bedroom refurbishments at the Holiday Inn Express.

Jennifer Young, head of ConferenceLeeds, said: “With Leeds as a top 10 UK conferencing city and the second most popular in the North of England according the 2017 BMEIS report, it is extremely important that our venues offer the highest quality facilities. We aim to not only provide world-class conferencing venues, but to also provide exceptional accommodation and experiences to delegates, in order to make a conferencing visit to Leeds truly remarkable in every way."

Leeds’ conferencing venues have seen investment, enhancing the city’s appeal as a business destination. thestudio has undergone an expansion worth in excess of £170,000, which includes four new state-of-the-art event spaces, doubling its capacity and offering an alternative conferencing venue to a traditional hotel.

The Malmaison Leeds has launched its new meetings and events space, Work + Play, offering four meeting rooms and two soundproof glass pods, giving delegates the flexibility to work individually or that can be combined to create a larger space. Horizon has also invested in the reconfiguration of their meeting and event space.

Leeds’ academic venues also continue to develop and thrive. Leeds Trinity University has invested £5.7m in a new learning centre; a building that offers first class and modern facilities ideal for not only teaching and learning, but also conferencing. Leeds College of Music has revamped its main performance space, The Venue, by adding a striking rooftop extension right in the heart of Leeds’ cultural quarter, offering increased capacity for more break-out facilities and catering provision.

Alongside this, further venues that have benefitted are some of Leeds’ most popular delegate accommodation destinations. One of the most significant additions has been the launch of a new spa at Rudding Park costing £9.5m. The Holiday Inn Express has also invested £1m into refurbishing its bedroom facilities, with works due to be completed in March of this year.


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