Nottingham Conference Centre
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|Nottingham Conference Centre|
The Newton Building
|Classification||Grade II listed building|
|Location||Nottingham, England, United Kingdom|
Nottingham Conference Centre is a modern conference facility in the heart of Nottingham city centre. It was created in 2009 as part of the Newton-Arkwright regeneration development at Nottingham Trent University and designed by Hopkins Architects.
Housed in the Grade II listed Newton Building, Nottingham Conference Centre offers modern conference facilities in a beautiful architectural setting. As well as a wide range of meeting rooms, they also have event management, audio-visual, wedding and catering facilities on offer.
It features 8 fully equipped conference rooms with a range of different capacities. From large tiered and flat floor lecture theatres for up to 450 delegates, to purpose-built conference rooms for 150 delegates. They also offer a range of flexible boardrooms, meeting rooms and break-out areas more appropriate for smaller conference events and meetings. They also have event management, audio-visual, wedding and catering facilities on offer.
Nottingham Conference Centre was created in 2010 following a multimillion-pound refurbishment of two of Nottingham Trent University’s Grade II* listed buildings, Newton and Arkwright.
The Centre’s three Victorian character rooms are situated in the Arkwright building, originally built between 1877 and 1881 by Lockwood and Mawson, the prominent Yorkshire architectural practice founded by Henry Francis Lockwood. The foundation stone was laid on 27 September 1877 by the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Alderman Bowers. The Old Chemistry Theatre, now beautifully restored, saw the discovery of silicone polymers by Frederick Kipping in the late 19th century. The Old Library was once the original city library and the Old Museum housed a natural history collection which included the stuffed gorilla now relocated to nearby Wollaton Hall.
In 1908, English poet DH Lawrence received his teaching certificate after studying in the Arkwright building. In his novel The Rainbow (1915) Lawrence drew on his own memories of Arkwright for Ursula Brangwen’s first impressions of University College, with the lines: “The big college built of stone, standing in the quiet street, with a rim of grass and lime-trees all so peaceful: she felt it remote, a magic-land.” A World War II bombing raid in 1941 destroyed large parts of the Arkwright building, but it was restored to its former glory after the war and was granted status as a listed building in 1972.
Originally, the Newton building was the architectural response to rapidly expanding student numbers in an optimistic post-war climate for British higher education. This striking art-deco building was constructed between 1956 and 1958. It was designed by Thomas Cecil Howitt, the most prolific and versatile Nottingham architect of the first half of the 20th Century, and one of the most prominent provincial English architects of his generation. In April 1998, the Newton building was handed a very special 40th anniversary present when it was given a Grade II* listing; recognised by the Government as one of England’s architectural gems. The building now features over 3000m2of sedum roof, one of the largest green roofs in the country. A pair of breeding peregrine falcons live on the Newton Building roof during the spring and summer months and the Newton Arkwright building was officially opened by Sir David Attenborough in May 2011.
Since its completion, the redevelopment project has won a number of awards, including a prestigious national Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Award in 2011. It has also triumphed against international competition to receive a Civic Trust Award for the outstanding contribution it makes to the quality and appearance of the environment, and for bringing social, cultural and economic benefits to the local community. In addition, the scheme received the title of Project of the Year at the East Midlands Centre for Constructing the Built Environment Awards.
Nottingham Conference Centre has hosted the North of England Education Conference and events for NSpine and The Prince’s Trust. They also host a series of corporate Christmas parties throughout December every year.
- Nottingham Conference Centre website
- BBC guided tour of the old Arkwright building
- Nottingham Trent University website
- http://www.ntu.ac.uk/about_ntu/strategy/history/index.html History of NTU, Nottingham Trent University
- http://www.ntu.ac.uk/apps/news/107445-25/Sir_David_Attenborough_officially_opens_NTU%E2%80%99s_iconic_buildings.aspx Sir David Attenborough officially opens NTU’s iconic buildings
- http://www.ntu.ac.uk/apps/news/107481-15/Newton_and_Arkwright_Building_renovation_wins_national_architecture_award.aspx Newton and Arkwright Building renovation wins national architecture award