We look at some of the freshest meetings and events spaces across the North.
Birmingham | Roundhouse Birmingham
A large renovation project has transformed the historic Roundhouse Birmingham into a lively hub with display spaces, creative offices and tour programmes included to base meetings around near the Birmingham canal. Flexible meeting spaces can be used for 18 or 30 delegates with the adjacent canal tow path used for outdoor breaks and catering arranged with the venue’s external partners. The new Jonathan’s in the Roundhouse restaurant and tearoom also serves traditional British food for delegates in between meetings.
Nottingham | Jubilee Hotel & Conference Centre
The rebranded Nottingham Venues has launched to bring event venues and hotel stays across the University of Nottingham’s campuses under one group. With 10 versatile meeting spaces including a large auditorium for up to 250 delegates, the Jubilee Hotel & Conference Centre also utilises its lakeside location to develop wildlife conservation areas and meet sustainability initiatives including the provision of hydration stations to reduce plastic waste and rainwater toilet flush systems.
Manchester | CitySuites Aparthotel
Manchester’s luxury CitySuites I and II Aparthotel have revealed a stylish selection of spaces tailored for a variety of business and catering needs. A 10-delegate capacity modern meeting room can be used for smaller presentations on the CitySuites II ground floor, with another 10-delegate capacity conference room offering a more formal environment for conferences. A first-floor executive lounge in CitySuites I is also ideal for canape receptions or networking events, with views of Manchester cathedral and Greengate Square, while the hotel’s Embankment Kitchen can be hired for 200 standing or 70 seated delegates.
Nottingham | The Island Quarter
Developments in Nottingham city centre’s The Island Quarter have expanded again with the arrival of two all-day food and drinks venues. Up to 500 delegates can explore the interiors of Binks Yard created by the renowned Macaulay Sinclair architecture and design studio, while the outside plaza features all-weather bandstand for local bands, dance, and classical acts and is also set to host sport, outdoor cinema, and wellness events. Neighbouring Cleaver & Wake suits pre- and post-dinner drinks for up to 40 delegates featuring art deco inspired interiors and a rotating menu of seasonal British dishes for an elite dining experience.
Scotland | AC Hotel Inverness
AC Hotels by Marriott has marked its debut in Scotland with the opening of its four storey Inverness site which now stands as the city’s tallest hotel. An on- site business centre currently features a conference space for up to eight delegates, while the all-day 60-seat restaurant also has a riverside terrace for outdoor dining available for 30 delegates with views over the city and towards the Black Isle peninsula.
Manchester | King Street Townhouse
The former headquarters of the Manchester & Salford Trustees Bank has relaunched as a luxurious and historic setting for meetings and conferences. Atmospheric event spaces can be combined to retain the original charm of the building while providing versatility to create events of any size. Fitting up to 35 delegates, the first floor Small Hub provides wine tasting and private dining experiences with board meetings, while the Large Hub can fit up to 60 delegates boasting a private bar. The hotel’s Private Cinema located in the vaulted cellars also allows planners to entertain up to 20 delegates with a film screening, presentation, or awards evening.
Nottingham | Hilton Hotel Nottingham
Fresh off the back of a full £6.5 million refurbishment earlier this year to celebrate its Victorian history, the transformation project at Nottingham’s Hilton Hotel has now completed since it first started during the pandemic. With all 176 guest rooms now redesigned, the hotel’s 60 ft. indoor heated pool also finishes the fully equipped LivingWell club and fitness centre. Seven fully equipped ground-floor event spaces range from the 200 delegate-capacity Wembley Suite to the intimate Twickenham Suite for eight delegates.
Nottinghamshire | YMCA Community & Activity Village
New facilities at Newark’s co-working business space and community hub are now unveiled after an 18-month refurbishment. Designed to be part of a wider social mobility agenda to boost opportunities in the region, membership holders can access indoor and outdoor training areas, athletics track, multi-use courts and the region’s largest climbing centre for team building exercises.
A purpose-built events and conference centre can seat over 200 delegates with a fully equipped professional kitchen and bar and outdoor terrace. Over 50 desks can also be used for workspace rental across the open planned two floors with four self-contained therapy rooms for wellbeing providers.