High time for upgrade at Highlands resort

Macdonald Aviemore Resort in the Cairngorm National Park is to invest more than £1 million in its Academy Hotel and Aviemore Inn accommodations as the four-star resort aims to position itself as Scotland’s leading leisure and conference destination. The work will see 108 bedrooms within the Academy Hotel and up to 80 bedrooms within the nearby Aviemore Inn upgraded from January next year. These latest development plans come just months after the resort completed a £1.6 million investment in bedroom refurbishments at the Highlands Hotel, where 98 bedrooms were restyled to executive standard. In July the resort also opened the 1500 sqm, £600,000 Aviemore Activity Centre.

Middle Temple raises the bar with relaunch

London's Middle Temple will reopen its Rutledge Suite next month with a champagne breakfast launch. Its seven rooms can be configured for daytime conferences, meetings and events for up to 60 delegates, and lunch can be taken in adjoining breakout rooms or in the grand Elizabethan Hall below. Middle Temple Hall, one of the four ancient Inns of Court near Embankment, has also upgraded the AV and Wi-Fi offerings in the book-lined suite to enable many devices to connect to the internet at once. New day delegate rates and menus will also be unveiled next month. To request an invitation to the launch, call the events team on 020 7427 4820.

Say Halle to new Manchester church venue

The Concerto Group has launched Hallé St. Peter’s, a brand new event space in the centre of Manchester. Set in a Grade II listed church in the resurgent area of Ancoats, Hallé St. Peter’s is a historic venue for cor-porate and private events. Following a multi-million pound refurbishment the deconsecrated church has been transformed into a flexible space for entertaining up to 230 guests, complete with high ceilings and unique original features. Concerto offers fully inclusive event packages, incorporating catering, drinks, staffing, entertainment and free Wi-Fi. Accommodation will also soon be available at nearby boutique hotel Hotel Gotham, due to open next spring.

New rooms at Hedsor House after £1m refurb

Clients hiring Hedsor House in Buckinghamshire will soon be able to stay at the Georgian mansion thanks to a £1 million refurbishment programme. The 13 revamped bedrooms will be available from spring next year and will only be hired on an exclusive basis. Hedsor House features eight meeting rooms with natural daylight and far-reaching views. The air-conditioned ballroom can seat 140 or 180 theatre-style and has French doors opening onto the gardens. The grand hall can host private dinners for up to 140 people or intimate weddings for 60. Cocktail parties for up to 400 can be staged and the grounds provide a stunning setting for marquees accommodating up to 1,500.

Scrum down for meetings at home of the Chiefs

Sandy Park, the home of rugby union club Exeter Chiefs, has undergone a £10 million facelift, adding more than 1,200 sqm of event space. The capacity of the Devon stadium’s West Grandstand has been doubled for both match days and for use throughout the week. A new East Terrace has also been added, while four main function rooms have been doubled in size to meet with increased demand, allowing the venue to accommodate events of up to 1,500 people. Event space has also been boosted by the addition of six new executive boxes.

Accor reveals hotels in iconic London spots

Two new hotels are set to open at sites in the heart of London: the Trocadero in Piccadilly Circus, and Victory House at Leicester Square. Accor has announced the two prime location London hotels after signing a franchise agreement with Criterion Capital Group who will develop the two properties. The 583-room ibis Styles Piccadilly Circus, in the Trocadero complex, will open in 2017 after an extensive renovation of the existing building. And the MGallery Leicester Square, an 80-room hotel within the historic Victory House, is scheduled to open at the end of 2016. The upscale boutique hotel will form part of the MGallery Collection, and feature "deluxe interior design and exemplary services".

Take a lesson in style at new Bristol venue

Clevedon Hall, on the outskirts of Bristol, will be officially opened on 27 November after a £3 million refurbishment. The project to restore the historic former girls' school, as well as adding 25 bedrooms, has taken three years. The 150-year-old venue will be available for exclusive hire, as it prepares to position itself as one of the UK's top luxury venues for private parties and conferences for up to 150 delegates. "The refurbishments look fantastic, and we couldn’t be more excited to show everyone how hard we have been working for the last few years,” said general manager John McCarthy.

Expansion on the cards for etc.venues St Paul's

Central London's etc.venues St Paul’s is set to expand next month, adding another three large multi-purpose rooms to its event spaces. The venue, which opened in March 2012, will take over another floor, with the largest new room accommodating 250 theatre-style. Since opening, etc.venues St Paul’s has hosted 2,400 events for more than 250 firms, from large conferences to small meetings. The two additional breakout rooms can be combined to offer additional space for up to 100 delegates theatre-style, or 10 exhibition stands. All will include AV, and an in-house catering service.

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