The proposed Wales International Convention Centre at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport has taken another step forward with the appointment of international design practice Scott Brownrigg.
The Welsh Government last year provided loan support to the special purpose vehicle set up to deliver the convention centre, Celtic Manor 2014 Ltd, to complete the initial stages of the project. It has now provided further funding to support the next design work stage,.
Designed to attract major events from across the world, the state-of-the-art auditorium, exhibition hall and associated facilities will have capacity for around 4,000 delegates, making it the largest facility of its kind in Wales and the south west of England.
Its auditorium will be able to seat around 1,300, but with the flexibility to be divided into smaller spaces.
A separate main exhibition hall, stretching to 4,000 square metres, could be turned into a conference venue that could accommodate around 4,000 delegates.
This could see it hosting major party political conferences, with fringe events held in the auditorium.
The hall, as we as providing space for exhibitors, will be able to host gala dinners with a capacity for 2,000 guests.