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Published: 22 Jun 2018

Making headlines this month, SEC launches street food concept, Holywell Park gets AV investment, Science Museum announces Illuminate, and Woodland Grange opens six new rooms. 

SEC launches street food concept

The Scottish Event Campus has launched a street food catering concept. 

The new ‘Streetspitality’ debuted at TEDxGlasgow earlier this month, with delegates able to choose from several authentic dishes, ranging from Hainanese Hot Smoked Salmon Salad, a gluten/vegan Mongolian Chickpea Curry, to Sweet Potato and Pumpkin dough balls. 

The delivery of the new catering concept is also in keeping with modern, sustainable street food eating; served in fully biodegradable and recyclable bowls, and provides options for vegetarians, vegans, coeliac and lactose intolerant delegates.

“Conference catering is a hot topic in the industry right now, but we have been working hard for a long time to change the way in which we feed people in this environment,” John McNeil, Head of Sales & Marketing at SEC Food said.

Imago Venues upgrades AV at Holywell Park

Holywell Park at Loughborough University has completed its £150,000 second phase of refurbishment, which includes a major upgrade to its AV offering. 

The refit is part of a wider overhaul to its ground floor event spaces and follows last year’s improvements to all eight of its first-floor meeting rooms and breakout spaces. 

Significant investment has gone into Holywell Park’s AV, including new 8,000-lumen projectors, state-of-the-art microphones and repeater screens. The changes to the public spaces concentrate on improving flow and making the venue as efficient as possible. 

Holywell Park, part of Imago Venues, offers a large exhibition area, nine versatile meeting rooms and a well-equipped lecture theatre which can seat up to 200 delegates.

Science Museum reveals new venue identity

The Science Museum in South Kensington has revealed the name of its eagerly anticipated new events space - due to open in January, 2019. 

Illuminate was chosen because it embodies the notion of advancement in knowledge. The new venue will therefore be an ideal environment for unlocking complex ideas, opening doors to understanding or simply celebrating achievements. 

Illuminate is situated on levels four and five of the Science Museum and will be available for both daytime and evening hire for capacities of up to 400 for dinners and conferences and 450 for receptions.

One of the unique features of the new space will be a panoramic window on level five offering stunning views and an abundance of natural daylight.

Woodland Grange opens six new meeting rooms

Woodland Grange Conference Centre in Leamington Spa has launched the Executive Suite, a meetings facility featuring six additional rooms. 

Each of the six new rooms feature an 82-inch, 4K ready, high definition screen.

The new suite can be hired on an exclusive-use basis for smaller meetings and training, or as individual, premium board level or creative meeting spaces. The six rooms also have their own breakout lounge and coffee area.

“This is a really important addition to the existing meetings and events offering at Woodland Grange; it gives us a series of incredibly high-spec meeting rooms, as well as an exclusive suite for clients looking for a self-contained space,” commented John Turpin, Venue Manager, Woodland Grange. “We’re really pleased with the quality of design and AV in each room; these are the things our customers expect us to get right, and I know they’re going to be delighted with the new area.”

Written by Mike Fletcher

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