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Renovations increase conference bookings by 55 per cent

Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre locks in 531 events since reopening its doors in October

Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre, in Cambridge, has finished three years of renovations

Three years of renovations has prompted an immediate 55 per cent rise in events at Cambridge's Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre since reopening, which is expected to double its turnover.

After reopening its doors in October, the £21.9 million facility says its first three months of operation have secured 531 events, attracting 6,207 delegates. The figures, when compared to the same three months in 2012, reveal a 55 per cent rise on event numbers and 15 per cent rise in delegate numbers.

The centre says its turnover is expected to increase 105 per cent.

Conference centre clients include Health Network Communications, Abcam Plc, Health Enterprise East, the University of Cambridge, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and computer giants, Dell.

Business manager Linda Prior said: "After three challenging years, the stunning new Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre is open for business and we are keen to attract clients to our hub in Cambridge from across the UK as well as internationally.

"We believe what we have to offer is world class. These first quarter results are extremely encouraging and feedback from our clients has been overwhelmingly positive."

The Conference Centre (designed by architects Abell Nepp and ARUP engineers)  boasts 1600sqm of exhibition and breakout spaces, along with a 300 seat auditorium, all housed within an historic walled garden that overlooks a tranquil adjoining orchard.

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