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Conference Oxford celebrates £170 million investment in conferencing facilities

Over £170 million has been invested in Oxford’s conferencing facilities over the past five years, figures released by Conference Oxford today revealed. It was also announced that a further £5om in new developments will be opening in the coming years.

Oxford is internationally recognised and revered as a seat of learning, with an abundance of historic buildings and cutting edge educational facilities. Today’s announcement demonstrates the constant advancement of Oxford’s offering to the conference and events markets – with a series of high profile renovations and new developments now available.  

Centrepiece among the recent developments is an £80 million refurbishment of the newly named Weston Library at the Bodleian. Renovation work began in 2011 and the building was officially opened in March of this year. As well as providing world class facilities for academics and students, the Weston Library now includes a magnificent 854m square hall for dining or drinks, a state of the art lecture theatre seating 117, and a rooftop terrace with stunning views across the city – all of which can be hired for conferences and events.  

Further complementing Oxford’s conferencing offering is the Thatcher Business Education Centre at Saïd Business School, which opened in 2012. This £28 million new development includes three lecture theatres, multiple seminar rooms, and dining facilities for up to 250 delegates.  

Significant developments in Oxford colleges have also enhanced the options for conference organisers in the city. Pembroke College unveiled the new Rokos Quad in 2013; a £30 million development including 100 new en suite bedrooms and a 170 seat lecture theatre. A £10 million investment at Somerville College, which opened in 2012, has added a further 68 high spec rooms to Oxford’s accommodation options. Oriel College’s Rhodes Building Project, costing around £4 million, opened in 2014 providing 51 renovated rooms in the centre of the city.  

Over £50 million worth of developments across the city have also been announced to continue to improve Oxford’s offerings over the coming years.  

These developments add further value to the offering that Conference Oxford provides in being the one stop shop for all conference requirements in the city. Conference Oxford today also announced a special bespoke service to help facilitate larger conferences taking place in Oxford. The new service coordinates dealings with all the various conference spaces, dining facilities and accommodation offerings across the city – providing solutions to any conference need.  

James Bennett, Chair at Conference Oxford said, “The combination of stunning historical buildings and first class modern facilities make Oxford the ideal location for conferencing in the UK. Today’s announcement demonstrates the city’s commitment to constantly improving the offering for conferences and events of any size.”

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