National Memorial Arboretum gets green light for event spaces and meeting rooms

A new events building with flexible spaces and meeting rooms has been given the green light after an application for planning permission from the National Memorial Arboretum was granted.

The new facility in Staffordshire will replace a large temporary marquee that was put up several years ago, with the new building able to host a wider range of events.

National Memorial Arboretum head of marketing Sarah Oakden said: "We are determined to continue to broaden the event services that we can offer to visiting groups and businesses.

"The new building has been designed with the needs of event planners and conference organisers at the forefront of our minds, ensuring that we can meet all of their requirements."

At the moment the arboretum plays host to military, fraternity and business groups including hundreds of small and medium sized events for organisations around Britain.

It is also the stage for large set piece events working with The Royal British Legion on key dates throughout the year.

The new events space will allow conferences at the site, providing modern amenities and catering facilities capable of accommodating banquets of up to 300 people.

A new bar area will offer an informal space for drinks receptions, registrations, break-out sessions and evening functions.

As well as the stunning backdrop of the Arboretum, the space will offer the flexibility and facilities needed by event planners.

It will feature a large suite, which can be split into three, with six possible configurations and spectacular views across the arboretum site.

And a further four smaller meeting rooms will open up to provide a second, smaller suite.

The site can also accommodate theatre style events of up to 500 or small intimate meetings.

Glen Howells Architects have designed the building to make extensive use of glazing, with a light-coloured timber cladding and a steel frame.

The construction of the new events pavilion is set to begin, with completion due in autumn 2018.

For more breaking news and in-depth features, sign up to C&IT's daily News Tracker here.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles
and free email bulletins.

Register now
Already registered?
Sign in
Audiences are changing, events must too

Audiences are changing, events must too

Jez Paxman, creative strategy director at Live Union, discusses the changing tastes of audiences in an experience economy.

How to retain young talent

How to retain young talent

Powwow reveals what can be done to ensure holding on to young talent is easy.

The DMC Advantage announces new Poland partner

The DMC Advantage announces new Poland partner

Partnership with DMC Poland takes the total number of DMC partners to 18.

In pictures: Al Seef Hotel opens on the banks of Dubai Creek

In pictures: Al Seef Hotel opens on the banks of Dubai Creek

A Jumeirah hotel inspired by the past homes of Emirati traders, opens in the heart of old Dubai.

Aviation delegates to descend on Brisbane in 2019

Aviation delegates to descend on Brisbane in 2019

The 145th International Air Transport Association Slot Conference will take place in the Australian city from 12-15 November.

WRG welcomes executive producer

WRG welcomes executive producer

Beth Lobban joins the agency as executive producer, supporting the live event team to implement projects.

Case study: Diabetes UK Professional Conference

Case study: Diabetes UK Professional Conference

This year's event was bigger and better than before after a strategic review of its purpose.

Could dark tourism become an incentive trend?

Could dark tourism become an incentive trend?

Following research showing a 307% rise in dark tourism, C&IT asks whether corporate travel could follow suit.

Millennium Resort Salalah opens in Oman

Millennium Resort Salalah opens in Oman

The hotel features a ballroom with capacity for 1,000 guests and is located in the area of Al Saada in Northern Salalah.

Tackling the skills shortage in events

Tackling the skills shortage in events

Event education specialists The Event Academy discuss how to combat the growing skills shortages in the industry.

LATEST JOBS