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‘Total transformation’ planned for Wyboston Lakes conference and events venue

The conference and events venue at Wyboston Lakes Resort is set for a ‘total transformation’ as the property enters its first phase of a complete refurbishment.

A main conference room for over 300 delegates, equipped with the latest technology, movable walls to expand training rooms and a total redesign and redecoration of Breakout and Bar areas are among some of the changes that will take place.

As a result of a £3m investment, the refurbishment will add ‘inspirational’ meeting areas and £500,000 is being invested specifically in the IT network. Phase one of the work will be completed later this year.

Synergy Architects were commissioned to assess ways in which the existing building, which was opened in 1998, could be adapted to accommodate 21st century conference trends and meet the needs of the latest and future generations of conference delegates. Their plans include a interior refit to modernise and upgrade the facilities sensitively and in keeping with the existing building.

This scheme will modernise all the public spaces, both within the building and within the external courtyards. The main changes will be:

  • increasing the capacity of the main conference room to 300+ delegates while incorporating the latest in design, IT and flexibility
  • redecoration, new lighting, new artwork, room layouts and an uplift to the Bar and Main Breakout area
  • movable wall sub-divisions, new seating, lighting and artwork in the Restaurant and servery
  • a new coffee bar concept will be created
  • introducing movable walls between Training rooms to create more flexible spaces with increased occupancy
  • a new mini theatre and themed rooms
  • developing the outdoor courtyard areas to integrate their use with the building, introducing sliding/folding walls to open the inside out
  • hard and soft landscaping, adding seating, lighting, games areas, mobile bars and barbeques.

Operations director Steve Jones, said: “This complete refurbishment of our premium conference and events centre is exciting.This phase will increase the size of the principle function room by around 54% once completed, followed by all meeting rooms and public areas.”

“As well as the physical works we are investing heavily in the overall offering with a new range of creative food and beverage outlets being launched and we will continue our focus on high end AV and outstanding service and hospitality.

Jones added: “Our research into trends in dedicated conference and events venues has taken us across several continents and this investment is aimed to ensure we remain the venue of choice for the many blue-chip companies we work with. This will relaunch the Centre as a bright modern contemporary venue fit for the next decade.”

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