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Preparations underway for expansion of Belfast conference centre
21 May 2014
Belfast Waterfront has commenced "site enabling works" in preparation for its £29.5m expansion
In a statement issued yesterday (20 May 2014), Belfast Waterfront added: "Site enabling works, which are necessary to facilitate the extension development to Northern Ireland’s only purpose built conference centre, are well underway, preparing the site for the full construction project which is scheduled to commence later this year."
When the work is completed in 2016, the centre will see its conferencing facilities double in size.
Belfast Waterfront added: "Situated in the heart of Belfast City, the expansion will not only provide an additional 4,000m2 of flexible space to facilitate more diverse requirements but enhance the city’s attractiveness as a business tourism destination. As Belfast Waterfront prepares to undergo a radical transformation, so too has its city. Over a billion pounds has been spent over the past decade to transform the city into a vibrant and inspirational meeting place. The city was recently named the UK’s Best Conference and Incentive City Destination by C&IT magazine."
Jennifer Patterson, Revenue and Business Generation Manager at Belfast Waterfront Conference and Exhibition Centre commented: "We’re looking forward to seeing our architectural plans become a reality as construction on the new extension gets underway this Summer. Doubling the size of our facility is a further sign of our commitment to strengthening the city’s capabilities to attract many more major conferences and events as well as bring £39m to the local economy annually.”
The expansion will cost £29.5 million to build. Belfast City Council has committed £11 million towards the development, and secured funding of £14.5 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and £4 million from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB).