Manchester Central - Manchester, UK
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N 53° 28.609 W 002° 14.767
30U E 550033 N 5925578
Quick Description: Manchester Central is an exhibition and conference centre converted from the former Manchester Central railway station in Manchester, England. Designed by Sir John Fowler, it was the northern terminus for trains to London St Pancras, opened in 1880.
Location: North West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 11/25/2014 12:35:03 PM
Waymark Code: WMMYQP
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
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Long Description:
"The structure has a distinctive arched roof with a 64-metre span - the second-largest roof span in the United Kingdom,[2] and was granted Grade II* listed building status in 1963.

After 89 years as a railway terminus, it closed to passengers in May 1969 as a result of the Beeching cuts and became an abandoned railway station. It was renovated as an exhibition centre formerly known as the G-MEX Centre in 1982. From 1986 to 1995 it was Manchester's primary music concert venue until the construction of the Manchester Arena. The venue was refitted in 2008 to host conferences, exhibitions and is Manchester's secondary large concert venue." link

The convention center's website has the following information about the facilities in the building.

Central Meeting Rooms
The Central Meeting Rooms provide several options for usage of the versatile Central Foyer area.

Whilst the foyer can be used as a single space for social events, networking and small exhibitions, the space can also be divided up to create individual meeting rooms. Adjacent to Central Hall, these rooms are ideally located for breakout sessions. They have their own toilet facilities, cloakroom and concierge desk within the foyer.

Central Foyer
This modern, light and airy foyer space on the front of this Grade-II listed building provides an additional 1,280m2 of space for delegate networking or additional exhibition stands. A moveable wall system creates six self-contained meeting rooms that are perfect for breakout sessions, meetings and workshops. Alternatively, the meeting rooms can be taken down to leave a free area of 1,650m2 creating an effective networking or exhibition space. Central Foyer has its own toilet facilities, cloakroom and concierge desk.

Central Hall
This magnificent uninterrupted and column-free space can be used for conventional exhibition layouts or for more unusual installations that can benefit from the height and unique character of the building.

The Gallery
The Gallery is a multi-purpose space connecting Central Hall and the Charter Suite. Flooded with natural light through its 40mtr long sky light, this space creates an ambience of relaxation and is ideal for networking, exhibitions or as an event space in its own right.

The Charter Suite
The Charter Suite is a suite of rooms that can be used individually or in combination to provide flexible solutions for corporate events. These rooms can be used in conjunction with large-scale events and conferences or used as stand-alone facilities.

Charter Foyer
Charter Foyer is one of three main foyer entrances. It offers exclusive networking facilities for delegates as well as flexible access to the main conference and exhibition spaces. Charter Foyer has its own dedicated entrance, toilet facilities, cloakroom and concierge desk.

Exchange Auditorium
This purpose built 804-seat auditorium has state-of-the-art facilities capable of meeting the most sophisticated audio-visual requirements.

Exchange Hall
This multi-purpose space has the flexibility to allow maximum creativity. Exchange Hall can be used for everything from trade exhibitions and event hospitality to conference seating and large-scale banqueting.

Exchange Foyer
The light and expansive foyers conveniently connect to a range of breakout rooms and a suite of organisers' offices. With a dedicated entrance, toilet facilities and cloakroom Exchange Lower Foyer provides an impressive entrance for guests attending events in the Exchange suite.

Exchange Breakout Rooms
The suite of Exchange breakout rooms can be used in a variety of seating configurations for discussion groups, board meetings and workshops. All rooms are air conditioned with an optional projection system.

The Cobden Rooms
The Cobden Rooms is a self-contained meeting space. It's suitable for events for up to 450 people and can be subdivided into four separate spaces. The Cobden Rooms has its own dedicated entrance so can be used as an independent space or in combination with other facilities across the venue.

Size (optional): 10,730.3 m2

Ownership: Private

Annual Events (optional):
Northern Homes Show The Northwest Property Awards CIH Housing Conference Northern Restaurant and Bar Show UFC Fight Night Weigh-In The British Cardiovascular Society

Address (optional):
Manchester Central
Manchester, United Kingdom
M2 3GX

Convention Center website: [Web Link]

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