In Pictures: Wales International Convention Centre gets full go-ahead

The Wales International Convention Centre at Celtic Manor has received full planning approval from Newport City Council, with work on the centre scheduled to begin in the new year.

The Wales International Convention Centre at Celtic Manor has received full planning approval
The Wales International Convention Centre at Celtic Manor has received full planning approval

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The state-of-the-art auditorium, exhibition hall and associated facilities will have capacity for 4,000 delegates, making it the largest facility of its kind in Wales and the south west of England.

The auditorium will hold 1,500 delegates and will have the flexibility to divide into smaller spaces. The main exhibition hall will have 4,000sqm of pillar-free space and will be able to hold up to 2,700 guests for a gala dinner. Total floor space across the convention centre will exceed 27,000sqm.

Other facilities at the centre will include 13 additional flexible syndicate meeting rooms, breakout spaces, outdoor terraces and woodland and an entrance plaza with outdoor theatre potential. 

Celtic Manor Resort’s vice president of facilities and development, Russell Phillips, said: "We secured outline planning last July and, since then, we’ve been talking with local residents, the council and environment agencies, as well as our conference clients and experts from the convention industry, to ensure our final planning submission was as comprehensive as possible.

"We will now be able to start some clearance work at the end of this year with a view to breaking ground on the new international convention centre in January 2016."

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