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Solent Conference Centre relaunches with a Spark

The Solent Conference Centre has reopened following its move to the new £30m The Spark building in Southampton
30/08/2016

Pictured: Gordon Ramsay lookalike Martin Jordan served up canapes

The Solent Conference Centre has reopened following its move to the new £30 million The Spark building in Southampton city centre. 

More than 200 people attended the garden party-themed launch event and were greeted with a floral buttonhole and arrival drink, many being fooled by Gordon Ramsay lookalike Martin Jordan serving up canapés.  

Amber Webster, conference, events and hospitality manager, said: “The launch event was an overwhelming success with amazing support and compliments shown for the new venue.

“Not only are we now one of the biggest venues in the city, we are also a key player in the events and meeting industry on the south coast.”

The venue is now part of Southampton Solent University’s main campus, benefitting from interactive meeting spaces, views of the city’s parks and additional car parking.

The centrepiece of The Spark building is its show-stopping atrium, stretching the full height of the building and featuring an eye-catching floating Pod, open galleries and bridge walkways. The Atrium has been designed as a central semi-public, social learning area and exhibition space available for private hire. 

The multi-functional Pod, suspended in the centre of the Atrium, features a full-size lecture theatre and an open-topped viewing platform called The Bridge, with views into East Park.

The venue boasts two identical top floor conference suites, four meeting rooms, the 200 capacity Austen Lecture Theatre, the 150 capacity Palmerston Lecture theatre and the 80-seat East Park Deli, all available for private hire.


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