BIC (Bournemouth International Centre) - Bournemouth, Dorset, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree
N 50° 43.018 W 001° 52.686
30U E 579200 N 5618951
Quick Description: A hugely popular convention centre in Bournemouth town centre.
Location: Southern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 9/22/2008 2:11:43 PM
Waymark Code: WM4R44
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
Views: 16

Long Description:
As reported on the offical website this is an important conference/convention centre for the United Kingdom:
'Bournemouth has always enjoyed the highest reputation as a premier conference, leisure and hospitality destination.

Now even bigger and better than ever the Bournemouth International Centre and Pavilion Theatre has more flexibility for everything from large rock and pop concerts to multi-hall conferences and smaller more intimate meetings to exhibitions, opera, ballet and comedy performance.

Finalist - AIPC Apex Award
World's Best Congress Centre - 2008

About the BIC:

The Bournemouth International Centre was opened on 6th September 1984 as a multipurpose Conference, Entertainment, Exhibition and Leisure Venue at an approximate cost of £19.5million.

The Centre originally boasted 2 Auditoria - the Windsor and Tregonwell Halls - and a multi-storey, 700+ space car park, offering a larger, more modern addition to Bournemouth's traditional Winter Gardens Concert Hall (now demolished), Pavilion Theatre/Ballroom and Pier Theatre.

The Centre's leisure pool and gymnasium, which were also part of the Venue's original design, were closed in June 2004, after a sustained period of reduced usage. (visit for details of other Council leisure facilities in Bournemouth).

With the Centre attracting a wide range of International Artistes and large Conventions, Bournemouth Borough Council recognised the need to expand the facilities by adding the circular 1800 sq.m. Purbeck Hall in 1990 at a further investment of over £6 million.

By the millenium the BIC had firmly established itself as one of the UK's leading venues of its type and with demand far outstripping supply, a massive £22 million expansion and redevelopment programme (co-funded by the South West Regional Development Agency) was agreed in 2003, to provide a 4th auditoria - the 1250 sq.m. Solent Hall (replacing the leisure pool) - and an increased capacity Windsor Hall, making the BIC overall, the largest venue on the South Coast, when it reopened in October 2005.'

Just recently the Labour Party and Liberal Democrats have held their conferences here.
Size (optional): Over 2000sqm

Ownership: Private

Annual Events (optional):
Many - please see the official website for details.

Address (optional):
Bournemouth International Centre
Exeter Road
Bournemouth, Dorset United Kingdom

Convention Center website: [Web Link]

Visit Instructions:
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