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£30 million conference venue to take off in Farnborough

The Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre is expected to be completed by 2018

Pictured: The £30 million venue is expected to be completed by 2018

A new £30 million conference centre has been unveiled by the organisers of the Farnborough Air Show.

The Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre is expected to be completed by 2018 at Farnborough Airport, with work scheduled to start immediately after this year’s trade and public air show takes place in July.

With capacity for up to 2,500 delegates across 20,000 sqm of meeting and exhibition space, the new venue aims to attract all types of meeting and event business, from product launches to association conferences.  

The centre, funded by private finance and Local Enterprise Partnerships, will replace Farnborough International’s Hall 1, a temporary structure, and will complement the existing 3,000 sqm FIVE conferencing and exhibition facility already on site.

Venue director Michael Watton said: “We have a proven track record in operating a venue of that size, in that location for a very successful event.”

In addition to a 12,500 sqm exhibition hall, six meeting rooms can be sub-divided into 14 flexible spaces. There are also 3,500 car parking spaces on site, while there are 2,500 hotel rooms within 15 minutes of Farnborough – 169 of which are at the Aviator headquarters hotel adjoining the venue. Additional facilities include a roof terrace, a media centre and broadcast capabilities.

Watton added: “(This will be) the third largest venue in the south east, and we are looking to attract a wide range of events.”

Farnborough is also aiming for a diverse range of sectors; Watton pointed to the venue’s location in the ‘M3 sci-tech corridor’, 35 minutes by train from central London and s 30 minute drive from Heathrow.

“We have our core sectors in which we are very strong, while in the local area high tech is strong - we have really geared up to not just service the airline industry,” he added. “For international events we can talk about a venue that is strong at delivering international events and if it’s a UK event we can talk about ease of access.”all five will continue as a distinct pricudt six rooms can be dividied into 14 flexible spaces. product launches corporate meetings and association events,.

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