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Edinburgh conference centre plans unveiled

posted 18 Jan 2009, 18:18 by TollcrossOnline Admin   [ updated 31 Oct 2009, 16:50 by David Rintoul ]

One of Scotland's most important conference centres has finally unveiled plans to start work on a massive extension which it is hoped will double the economic benefit it brings to the country.

Construction of an underground complex will see the Edinburgh International Conference Centre boast a new 1,600-seater auditorium, officials have revealed.

Banqueting space for up to 2,000 people, compared to the current 900 capacity, will also be created, while the EICC will boast a new entrance in the form of a striking atrium.

The new facilities are expected to result in the EICC generating around £90 million a year for Edinburgh's economy, compared to the current £45m annual benefit.

It is hoped the new-look EICC will be able to capture conferences which the capital is currently missing out on because of a lack of space.