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10,000 used The Meeting Space at MediCity

Francesca Pearson at MediCityOne of the Midlands’ iconic buildings, converted into an international conference venue in 2014, has attracted over 10,000 visitors since opening to conferencing events and innovative businesses last February.

The Meeting Space, at MediCity, forms part of the major re-development of an Art Deco Grade 1 listed building, one time Boots Healthcare International headquarters in Nottingham.

The unusual venue can cater for up to 800 delegates attending meetings, exhibitions and dinners.

The Meeting Space is at the heart of MediCity, the UK’s rapidly-expanding health, beauty and wellbeing innovation hub, and has already catered for leading companies and UK charities such as Arthritis Research UK, the Great Britain Diabetes Online Community and Boots Innovation.

MediCity also hosts an annual Innovators’ Week in November, which attracts several hundred inventors, small businesses and investors interested in the design and manufacture of new health and wellbeing products.

Francesca Pearson is responsible for the operation and business development of The Meeting Space and also for developing similar facilities in BioCity Nottingham, BioCity Scotland and BioHub at Alderley Park in Cheshire.

Francesca, said: “Interest in The Meeting Space has exceeded all our expectations and event organisers comment on the expansive and naturally-lit spaces which create an invigorating atmosphere for discussion.

"We deliberately kept the glass roof lights and full-length windows to achieve this, and to reflect the building’s original function.

"I’m excited by the energy generated by the delegates who meet here and become inspired by their surroundings. Since opening, we have hosted 16 major gatherings, 30 smaller events and over 250 meetings, and we regard all these users as part of the wider MediCity community.”

Increasing demand for The Meeting Space, as well as for MediCity office and laboratory facilities, has accelerated plans for the refurbishment of the 450,000sq ft building on the Boots site in Nottingham.

The opening of a third area this year to accommodate exhibitions, product launches and receptions will add to the Conference Hall, Exhibition Hall and individual meeting rooms already open for use.

David Browning, managing director of MediCity says: “Within a few weeks of opening The Meeting Space at MediCity we sensed this could become a popular alternative venue. Our collaboration on site development with Boots has enabled us to expand meeting facilities well ahead of schedule. By attracting national and international delegates to the city we aim to build on Nottingham’s reputation as a leading centre for enterprise and innovation.”