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Construction work has commenced this week on Norfolk’s largest indoor venue which will see new facilities provided in a 21st century design.
The exhibition hall, which is 3,000 sq m and is licensed to hold 4,000 people, is to undergo and major facelift including a distinctive two storey circular entrance foyer and greatly enhanced facilities for visitors.
Planning permission was granted by South Norfolk Council in the summer and work commences this week. Completion is scheduled for Spring next year.
As well as a state of the art new reception, there will be a complete redesign of the interior of the building with a flexible ceiling pattern for sound absorption and to block out most natural light. New internal wall cladding will give a modern look to the building as well as further improving acoustics.
There will also be a sound proof partition meaning clients can choose to let 1/3rd, 2/3rds or the entire building. This will offer flexibility to cater for events of an array of sizes.
At the moment visitors have to leave the building to use the nearest toilet block. The programme of enhancements includes brand new, high specification internal toilet and baby changing facilities which will further enhance the visitor experience.
The exhibition hall already hosts numerous events throughout the year and the RNAA, who own the grounds and buildings at the Costessey site, say they have been listening to the needs of existing customers as well as being mindful of the need to upgrade the building to attract new customer.
Says Chief Executive, RNAA John Purling:
‘’we have seen a healthy growth in the number of events being held in the exhibition hall in recent years. The venue is currently fairly basic with no reception or internal toilets and bare walls. As well as providing a more pleasant environment for existing customers, the improvements will enable us to attract new customers. In particular, the improved acoustics will make it an ideal venue for music and theatrical productions and the new reception, cladding and toilets will mean the building is of the required standard to cater for corporate exhibitions, conferences and trade events’’
Anyone wishing to find out more about booking the new facility next year can contact Louise Wilkinson at the Showground on 01603 731969 firstname.lastname@example.org