Stoneleigh Park unveils first phase of £1.5m upgrade

The first phase of a major investment programme to improve conference and event facilities at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire has been completed.

Helena Pettit and Ian Jowett
Helena Pettit and Ian Jowett
Grandstand – Stoneleigh Events, which manages the events business at Stoneleigh Park, has spent £728,000 on modernising 4,000sqm of space within the Blackdown Buildings, once used to exhibit livestock.

A polished concrete floor, new roof, energy efficient lighting and heating, and high-speed wi-fi have all been installed in the newly named Hall 3, which opened on Thursday (5 February) in time for the return of the Great British Shooting Show.

The handover of the completed project was made between Willmark principal contractor Ian Jowett and managing director of Grandstand Group Helena Pettit.

Pettit said the improvements will help to attract and retain an increasing number of events, from small conferences to national shows. "The space has been transformed into a modern exhibition hall, which makes it a far more viable proposition. It also gives us greater ability to accommodate expanding events held here by providing additional space of a similar standard to Halls 1 and 2.

"This will make a huge difference to our business and increase the variety of business that we can attract to Stoneleigh Park."

Plans are now being drawn up for the remainder of the Blackdown Buildings to be upgraded in the next year to create additional exhibition halls.

The Stoneleigh site has more than 21,000sqm of indoor exhibition space and 1,050 acres of outdoor space, as well as a 58-bedroom hotel and free parking for 30,000 cars.

The investment is part of a major push to attract new events, which has already resulted in winning a five-year tender to organise the British Showjumping National Championships from 2015.

More UK venue upgrades:

Gleneagles invests further £1.1m in upgrade

Wales' Hensol Castle to reopen as conference venue

Butlins Bognor Regis hotel gets £2.4m facelift

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