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New conference centre in heart of Glasgow


A new £90m venue at the University of Strathclyde will boost Glasgow's ability to host conference and major events. The Technology and Innovation Centre, which opens in March 2015, is a hub for world-leading research - which is closely linked to the city’s strategic focus to attract meetings in the energy, manufacturing, health and development of future cities sectors. It offers dedicated meeting spaces on three of its nine floors, with a main tiered auditorium for up to 450 people which can be split into three self-contained and soundproof areas. There is another tiered auditorium for up to 300 delegates and a flat theatre-style area for 150, plus other smaller flexible seminar or breakout rooms.
 

Butlins presents retro chalets for delegates


Butlins at Minehead in Somerset will unveil a new accommodation option for conferences and events taking place at the resort. West Lakes Village, which is set to open in spring 2015, is inspired by the iconic chalets Butlins first became famous for. £16 million has been invested in the 117 chalets, which surround a lake and landscaped gardens where team building activities and pre-dinner drinks can take place. The chalets offer some of Butlins’ most spacious accommodation and feature nostalgic retro décor alongside modern appliances and complimentary Wi-Fi. Allocated parking is provided next to the chalets, as well as a land-train service to the main meeting areas. West Lakes Village is available to book now and can be hired exclusively.
 

Meet among the military might


The Fusilier Museum in Bury, home to the collections of XX The Lancashire Fusiliers and the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, has a new conference and events space, opened as part of a £1.4 million redevelopment.
Up to 240 people can be accommodated in state of the art The Minden Suite, which can be sub-divided into The Rose and The Primrose rooms, and boasts natural daylight, with a blank canvas neutral décor and the latest AV equipment. The Minden Suite is also located directly alongside the museum’s new banqueting kitchen, while new exhibition space, The Quartermaster’s Store, is a unique backdrop for drinks receptions and networking events.
The venue also has two more traditional rooms; The Gallipoli Room and The Normandy Room.
 

Battersea Evolution scores VIP rugby dinner


Battersea Evolution has unveiled three packages for a unique VIP rugby ahead ahead of the kick-off of the Rugby World Cup in 2015. The venue will play host to the first six captains of victorious world cup teams in its inaugural rugby captains dinner on 16 September 2015. Legends of the game, including Martin Johnson and Francois Pienaar, will give an insight into what it takes to build and lead a team to the ultimate rugby prize. Guests will enjoy a three-course dinner from Angela Hartnett, and prices start from £2490 + VAT for a table of 10. A tenth of the ticket price, plus more fundraising on the evening, will go to Restart and the Willow Foundation.
 

Events with an Italian flavour at TOZI


Italian restaurant TOZI, based in Victoria, London, is now available for full or part private hire. The main restaurant, featuring retro Italian photography and rustic wooden furniture, can seat up to 100 guests. Meanwhile a private dining area can accommodate up to 18 guests and features a vintage Fiat 500. TOZI specialises in cicchetti, small plates for sharing, typical of the Veneto region. Cicchetti feast and drinks packages start from £32 per person, with wine masterclasses and cooking lessons also available.
 

Dive into Molitor, Paris' chicest new hotel


Art Deco hotel the Molitor, in Paris, has been synonymous with poolside chic since it opened in 1929. Famed for its two swimming pools (a 46m outdoor pool and a 33m indoor pool with glass roof), it closed in 1989 but reopened earlier this year as a five-star hotel and event venue. Its 124 rooms offer views of the summer pool through their porthole windows, and the Molitor is home to a Clarins spa, the largest spa in Paris. It offers three meeting rooms, for up to 113 delegates, or the rooftop terrace overlooking the Eiffel Tower can accommodate up to 700 guests for outdoor events.
 

Birkwood Castle set for £7m renovation


A Gothic castle in Scotland which has been closed since 2001 is set to undergo a £7 million renovation and reopen as a hotel in April 2016. Hotel operators and property developers Envestco has confirmed plans to convert dilapidated Birkwood Castle in Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire. The firm aims to transform the former children's hospital into a boutique hotel which will be a major destination for weddings, conferences and special events. Complementing the castle's transformation will be the redevelopment of the 86-acre estate, with secluded plots to be transformed into delightful woodland holiday chalets.
 

Jumeirah Lowndes brushes up on Art Movement


The Art Movement has joined forces with Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in London's Belgravia as the new home for the art consultancy group's artist in residence programme. Due to launch on 27 November, the programme will showcase some of the world's finest contemporary artists in the lobby of the hotel and the Lowndes Bar & Kitchen restaurant, where guests can view and buy the art. The first artist to showcase work in the series will be Chuck Elliott, a contemporary British artist who has exhibited his work in the UK, New York, Amsterdam and Hong Kong, with past commissions including work for Miuccia Prada, Yohji Yamamoto and Nike.
 

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