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Business centres for station locations


Global workplace provider Regus has opened two new business centres in central London, at Euston and Fenchurch Street, offering drop-in, shared and part-time space alongside serviced offices and meeting rooms. The Euston centre is located within a grand, Georgian redbrick building on Upper Woburn Place just off Euston Road, offering commuters a convenient place to work while they wait for transport connections. The new City location is in New London House, in the heart of the Square Mile next to Fenchurch Street mainline station and Tower Hill Underground. This brings Regus’ network in the capital to 78 locations, and 230 in the UK.
 

New flagship hotel for Piccadilly Gardens


A new flagship Travelodge hotel has opened in the heart of Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens. The new 157-room hotel represents an £11 million investment, bringing the company’s portfolio to 16 hotels in Greater Manchester and 513 in total. 31 new jobs have been created as a result of the opening. Every room features the king size Travelodge Dreamer bed, designed by royal warrant holders Sleepeezee, and the hotel also has a full service Bar Café. The Manchester Piccadilly Travelodge hotel is part of a mixed scheme that secures the regeneration of the former Woolworths building, originally constructed in 1927. The development of the hotel has been led by Associated Property Investors.
 

Ballygally back in business after £3m boost


Hastings Hotels’ four-star Ballygally Castle is set to officially re-open next month after a £3 million refurbishment. Located on the Causeway Coastal Route, Ballygally Castle is just 45 minutes from the infamous Giants Causeway and Bushmills Distillery, Ireland’s oldest working distillery. When it throws open its doors again, the hotel will have 18 new five star coastal view bedrooms, including six family rooms, making it one of the largest hotels on the Causeway Coastal Route with 54 bedrooms. The River Room has been replaced by the brand new Kintyre Ballroom, which will now accommodate up to 250 people and offer views over the castle gardens and coastline all the way to the Mull of Kintyre.
 

Dodgeball UK serves up corporate offerings


Dodgeball UK, the leading provider of dodgeball event packages, has announced a new line-up of corporate event offerings. Dodgeball UK organised over a thousand dodgeball events last year across the country, from team building to corporate events; and from stag and hen parties to regional leagues and tournaments. Delivering bespoke events for groups ranging in size from 10 to 250, Dodgeball UK incorporates multiple activities and game rounds to guarantee a fun-packed day or evening. Providing everything that an organiser could need, Dodgeball UK organises venue, catering, prizes and staffing to create a seamless event. Dodgeball UK’s corporate offering has attracted clients, including Ernst & Young, Deloitte, BP, Barclays, Sainsbury’s and LOCOG.
 

Celebrate Inn the Park this summer


Peyton Events has announced details of summer events packages available at its Inn the Park venue. Nestled among the plants and lakes of St James's Park, Inn the Park offers a great location with beautiful surroundings for a spectacular summer event. Inn the Park is an innovative café restaurant that blends seamlessly into its surrounding to offer a natural oasis right in the heart of London. Guests will be treated to a decadent gourmet barbeque on the stunning Roof Terrace, with views over St James’s Park. Packages available include exclusive hire of the Roof Terrace for a minimum of 100, or a private area for a minimum of 20. There is also the option to add an unlimited drinks package.
 

Explorer to open new Titanic Centre


Legendary ocean explorer Dr Robert Ballard will open a new Ocean Exploration Centre at Titanic Belfast this month. The former US Navy officer found fame in 1985 when he discovered the Titanic in the Atlantic Ocean. The Ocean Exploration Centre uses state-of-the-art technology to provide valuable insights on the undersea world and its mysteries to visitors. The world’s largest Titanic exhibition, Titanic Belfast features nine galleries exploring the sights, sounds, smells and stories of Titanic. The iconic six-storey building houses Northern Ireland's largest dedicated banqueting space, for up to 1,000 guests, as well as education facilities, catering and retail space and a basement car park.
 

Illuminasia set to light up Blackpool


Blackpool’s first new indoor, family-friendly attraction in more than twenty years will be unveiled next month when the £3 million Illuminasia opens its doors in Olympia at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens. Illuminasia will transform the 45,000 sqft of Olympia Arena into six magical zones featuring more than 35,000 lights in a blend of traditional Chinese lantern crafts and the latest in lighting technology. The larger-than-life lanterns in Illuminasia are created using steel and angle iron framework, which are then covered with silk, satin, and vinyl and lit using LED bulbs. The journey through the different zones creates one of the most spectacular light shows ever seen indoors, the first of its kind in Europe.
 

See The Light at Friends House


The airy look of the newest events space at Friends House in Euston, London, has been unveiled. Construction has begun on The Light, a standalone venue, which will have its own dedicated entrance, reception and facilities. The 1,000-capacity auditorium will be completed later this year and launched in January 2015. Featuring a distinctive skylight, the venue incorporates energy-efficient lighting, wall insulation and heat-exchange systems, making it one of the greenest conference and event facilities in the capital.
 

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