Harrogate Convention Centre is a convention and exhibition centre in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England.

Harrogate Convention Centre
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Former namesHarrogate International Centre
LocationHarrogate, North Yorkshire
Coordinates53°59′48.48″N 1°32′29″W / 53.9968000°N 1.54139°W / 53.9968000; -1.54139Coordinates: 53°59′48.48″N 1°32′29″W / 53.9968000°N 1.54139°W / 53.9968000; -1.54139
OwnerHarrogate Borough Council
Capacity2,000 (Auditorium)
1,600 (Exhibition Halls)
600 (Queens Suite)
1,000 (Royal Hall)
Construction
Opened1982
Renovated2009–2014
Expanded2009–2014
Website
Official website

HistoryEdit

Previously named Harrogate International Centre it was renamed Harrogate Convention Centre in April 2017.[1] The centre has been described as being a "magnet for business conferences" and generates around £60 million per year into the local economy.[2][3]

While Harrogate had been hosting conferences and exhibitions since the end of the Second World War, the 2,000-seat main auditorium opened in 1982[4] and was the host of the Eurovision Song Contest 1982.[5] The venue has since expanded to include eight exhibition halls offering 180,000 square feet (17,000 m2) of space as well as ancillary facilities including a hotel.[6] Further refurbishment and expansion took place between 2009 and 2014.

The Royal Hall holds 1,000 people, whereas the Queen's Suite holds up to 600. The Royal Hall is grade II* listed building which is a former concert hall designed by Frank Matcham and Robert Beale.[7]

The between April 2013 and December 2018, the director of the conference centre was Simon Kent. Since January 2019, the director is Paula Lorimer.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Braithwaite, Ruby (7 January 2019). "New plans unveiled to spruce up Harrogate Convention Centre with night lights and plaza". Harrogate Advertiser. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  2. ^ Blackwood, Lorna (24 August 2007). "Focus on ...Harrogate". The Times. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  3. ^ Murphy, Lizzie (18 January 2018). "Council appoints adviser to create masterplan for Harrogate Convention Centre". The Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  4. ^ Fulcher, Merlin (17 October 2017). "Competition: Harrogate Convention Centre". architectsjournal.co.uk. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  5. ^ "BBC One - Eurovision Song Contest, 1982, Grand Final: 1982". BBC. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  6. ^ Thompson, Vicky (17 January 2018). "Grand plans in the pipeline for major venue". York Press. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  7. ^ Historic England. "Royal Hall  (Grade II*) (1315842)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  8. ^ Leeming, Lachlan (11 January 2019). "New director of Harrogate Convention Centre announced". Harrogate Advertiser. Retrieved 19 January 2019.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Harrogate Convention Centre at Wikimedia Commons

Preceded by
RDS Simmonscourt Pavilion
Dublin
Eurovision Song Contest
Venue

1982
Succeeded by
Rudi-Sedlmayer-Halle
Munich