GCU showcases conference space in the heart of £32m campus transformation

17 January 2017

GCU showcases conference space in the heart of £32m campus transformation

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is to celebrate the completion of its new conference and event facility – a showcase space in the University’s £32 million campus transformation – at a launch event on Thursday, January 19.

Booking agents, potential clients and industry representatives have been invited to view the facilities, in the Hamish Wood building, which include a state-of-the-art conference hall, statement glass entrance pavilion and a suite of seminar rooms and break-out spaces.

Aileen Crawford, Head of Conventions at Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and Julie Duncan, GCU Head of Conference and Events, will highlight the distinctive facilities, available for a variety of events from conferences and banqueting functions to exhibitions and seminars.

Julie said: “We’re really excited about the opportunities our new conference facilities will bring to campus. The new conference hall is a stunning, flexible space with retractable theatre-style seating, which can accommodate 500 people. It offers clients the option of a tiered lecture theatre or a large open space for a more informal or social gathering, such as a private dinner, while the glass ceiling floods the room with natural daylight.

“It’s supported by 10 new breakout rooms, the highlight of which is our lantern space – a unique circular glass meeting room that can comfortably hold 70 people. As a self-contained venue, our new facility is also home to three new garden and courtyard spaces, providing a quiet retreat in the heart of the city in which delegates can relax. And all are in addition to our award-winning Saltire Centre as well as a variety of other modern lecture theatres and classroom provision.”

2016 was a year of transformation on the Glasgow city centre campus, marking the completion of the landmark two-year £32m Heart of Campus project, which has revitalised the campus with bright new student spaces and which will contribute to the University’s sustainability initiatives to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions as well as improving heating and ventilation.

Robertson, a leading infrastructure group, carried out £20m of construction works which has created a new main entrance serving as a gateway to the University campus. In addition, the company renovated the George Moore and Hamish Wood buildings to develop spaces for students and staff. 

Aileen Crawford, Head of Conventions at Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “The opening of Glasgow Caledonian University’s new conferencing facilities is a game-changer for Glasgow; reinforcing our capacity, capability and credibility as a world-class conventions centre with a demonstrable commitment to sustainability. It’s another significant string to the city’s bow in terms of wowing conference and event planners with our state-of-the-art infrastructure and fostering greater collaboration between our academic community and the global business tourism industry.”

Find out more about the new conference and events space launch here.