Plans unveiled for multi-million events venue

New venue at Trafford City

Plans have been drawn up for a new multi-million pound events venue in Manchester.

EventCity wants to open a state-of-the-art events venue in Trafford City.

The scheme will see EventCity move from its current location on Barton Dock Road to  a new site.

The move will bring the venue closer to several existing leisure venues and hotels, as well as providing excellent road and public transport access.

EventCity will leave its current location and temporarily cease operations in July next year with a reopening of the new venue in September.

Part of a proposal with Peel L&P plans will see the current site on Barton Dock Road become home to unique wellbeing resort, Therme Manchester, alongside the creation of a new football facility to replace the current pitches in the Soccerdome.

The news follows Marketing Manchester’s recent announcement of its new strategy, focused on growing the city’s existing tourism value by 40%, adding an additional £345m over five years.

The strategy calls on partners across Greater Manchester to seize the opportunity that business tourism presents, including attracting more conferences to the city over the next five years, an aspiration that the bespoke venue aims to achieve.

Neil Lees, acting chief executive at EventCity and ceputy chairman of the Peel Group said: “It has long been an ambition for the business to redesign the setting into a more dedicated space.

“We’re committed to offering our clients and visitors the very best experience, and we’re confident that our plans for the new venue will do just that, whilst still providing the second largest conference and events space outside of London.”

The improved space will include updated features, such as a central foyer with breakout space and a reconfigured entrance hall.

The venue will be designed to serve as a flexible conference, exhibition and gala dinner space. There will be divides available from 1000m2 upwards.

It will also offer free parking spaces for around 2,000 vehicles.

The new venue will strengthen Trafford City’s already impressive offering.

TraffordCity is already home to an unrivalled range of activities including ski slopes at Chill Factory and indoor skydiving at iFly and the Trafford Centre.

Further details on the development of the site will be announced in due course.