Sustainability-led conference centre to open in Sussex

The Sussex Exchange in St Leonards will open next month with three spaces for meetings and events.

Sussex Exchange conference centre to focus on sustainability
Sussex Exchange conference centre to focus on sustainability

Part of an economic development programme from not-for-profit agency Sea Change Sussex, the new conference centre uses a biomass boiler for heating, has a shingle roof for wild plants and insects and collects rainwater for use in its sewer system.

Sussex Exchange has three rooms for meetings and events, with the largest – the Forest Room – accommodating up to 130 delegates theatre-style or 96 in cabaret layout.

The Meadow Room can accommodate up to 22 in boardroom format or 35 people theatre-style.

Sussex Exchange also has a 52-seat cinema for presentations and lectures and a restaurant with balcony.

Sea Space regeneration company funded the main building works with £2.3m investment, while Sea Change paid for the £200,000 internal work.

The centre is planned to open in September.

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