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New Congress and Concert Centre opens in Krakow

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Krakow Congress Centre, a new landmark for the historic city of Krakow, opened last month with an inaugural concert event.

The 18,000m2 building houses an auditorium, a theatre and chamber hall, and also includes 500m2 of stock rooms, technical back rooms and an underground parking lot. Its modern image is determined by the organically shaped building with a large glazed foyer, which opens the perspective to the river, to the old city centre and the royal Wawel Castle.

The venue includes the latest forms of acoustic technology – a first for Poland – making it one of the country’s best concert halls. This technology includes above-stage sound reflectors, movable screens that reflect sound and regulate the time of after-sounds, and seats with the highest acoustic, ergonomic and durability specifications. Thanks to its design and technologies applied, the hall can accommodate cultural events, conferences and congresses up to 2,000 people.

Arup’s Krakow office and Acoustics team in the UK were responsible for the comprehensive designs of acoustics and stage technology, as well as mechanical, public health and electrical services.

Stage 1 Adelaide Convention Centre transformation under construction

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Woods Bagot’s Adelaide studio is currently delivering the transformation of the AUD$210m Stage 1 Adelaide Convention Centre Redevelopment from rail yard to landmark building.


Installation of a galvanised steel rain-screen has allowed the first fix of the interior walls at the lower levels of the building, providing the public an impression of the dramatic form of the finished building. The eye-catching rain-screen has been installed as a custom-folded profile to provide a modular support for the stepped facade cladding. The facade is inspired by the folded, fractured and weathered landscape of the South Australian outback. Completion of the final cladding is due by August 2014, however, the lowest levels of the six storey extension are already being occupied by the client, who is maintaining full operational capacity for the duration of the project.


When complete, the Adelaide Convention Centre will be one of the world’s most innovative convention centres, with Stage 1 providing an additional 4,200m² of exhibition space that features a fully adjustable ceiling and fully mobile, fully reconfigurable, raked seating to cater for up to 3,000 patrons. The Stage 1 addition provides fourteen new meeting rooms including a Grand Ballroom with panoramic views across Adelaide’s parklands and riverbank precinct. The extension is designed to operate as a stand-alone convention centre and also to work in conjunction with the existing and Stage 2 buildings to form a single, large venue.


A major challenge for the Stage 1 team was to construct a rigid, long-span multipurpose exhibition space 1.5m above Adelaide’s main railway station whilst maintaining functionality of the rail network. The construction phase of the redevelopment has also been coordinated with the electrification of the metropolitan rail network. Adding to the complexity was a requirement to host and conceal a bank of cooling towers serving the immediate commercial precinct in the roof space above the exhibition halls.


The site was serviced by two tower cranes until February this year. The first crane and 76m boom was removed following the completion of the roof in the north of the site. The remaining tower crane and 86m boom were dismantled in early April, marking a significant milestone for the project. The next major milestone will be the handover of functional meeting rooms later this year.


The AUD$350m Adelaide Convention Centre Redevelopment is part of an AUD$3bn investment in the Adelaide CBD north west fringe, with other projects including SAHMRI, a new hospital, sports stadium, and biomedical health precinct.

During the project journey a number of Woods Bagot studios have been involved, from: Adelaide, London (interiors), New York, and San Francisco with specialist modelling the during development phase.

Alexandra Palace celebrates, Leicester Curve diversifies

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North London venue Alexandra Palace will be celebrating 150 years of operation on 21 July, with a series of community-focused activities and entertainment.
 Chief Executive Duncan Wilson said:

Our jam-packed programme will provide something for everyone including activities celebrating some of the park’s vibrant and eclectic past.

Leicester venue the Curve has had its grant from Leicester City Council reduced from £789,000 last year to £709,000 this year and aims to fill the gap by hosting more conferences. Curve Chief Executive Fiona Allan said:

On the whole, we are really pleased the council is continuing to support us to the level it is. We are devoting more time and theatre space to conferences and corporate events.

RAI Amsterdam begins on flexible and sustainable facility

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RAI Amsterdam will begin construction of a new, flexible and sustainable conference, meeting and office building on the northern side of Amsterdam RAI in October. It will open on 1 May 2015 and will not disturb any event activities.

RAI previewed its plans for this building at the Stadia & Arena conference some years ago and it’s now about to go in the ground. The new conference and meeting facilities sit alongside Hall 1, Amsterdam RAI’s largest exhibition hall, and the adjacent Hall 4/5, making it already ideal for large exhibitions. A quality restaurant will represent the finishing touch for the versatility of the new building.

The building will aim to achieve a BREEAM-NL excellent level. This sustainability certificate is managed by the Dutch Green Building Council (DGBC) and focuses on various features, such as natural means – e.g., thermal energy storage (TES) or solar panels – for the heating and cooling of facilities. Next to the Atrium on the office floors, the building will feature a vertical greenhouse across its height on the southern side where vegetables and spices can be grown for use in the restaurant. In this way the meeting, conference and office activities will be complemented by urban farming.


Manchester’s best venue for hospitality

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The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) has won the Best Hospitality Venue of the Year Award at the third annual City of Manchester Business Awards. MOSI, part of Lime Venue Portfolio, has invested £8.5 million into extensive redevelopments of the museum’s visitor and conference facilities, including a brand new Conference Centre, which can host functions for up to 400 people in the atmospheric former warehouse. The redevelopments were launched in January 2011, and the completion of two new galleries now means the venue can cater for functions for up to 1,000 delegates.