This is leading the way...
Jill Manley, Business Development Director, ICC Wales
We travelled the world, taking inspiration from outstanding convention centres, to create one building that had the best of everything
The result - a stunning venue specifically designed for world class conventions that meets the needs for event organisers, exhibitors and visitors.
- Auditorium with tiered seating for 1,500 with 762 on the upper level and 738 on lower level
- 4,000 sqm pillar free space, flexible and divisible into 6 sections
- 15 flexible meeting rooms + 26,000 sqm of total floor space
- Up to 5,000 delegates at one time
- Generous atrium entrance with 2,500 sqm outdoor plaza
- Natural daylight in all meeting rooms and the main hall
- Networking spaces on all levels
- Dedicated facilities for clients and production teams
- Direct loading for production and exhibition vehicles
- Just a stones throw from the M4 motorway in Newport, South Wales
This is the story so far...
Hard hat tours
With all the steel now in place for the 26,000sqm venue, and building and second fix plumbing and electrics now complete in some areas, guests can visit the site as part of ICC Wales’ “Wonder What It’s Like” tours and start to envisage what their meetings and events will look like at ICC Wales.
The tours also include the chance to visit the ICC Wales sensory experience suite and see a virtual ‘fly through’ of the building as well as review sample materials, 3D models and floor plans. Guests will also receive sample tasters of the venue’s ‘Mind, Body & Soul’ food and beverage concepts after the tour.
Nancy Mollett, Convention Centre Director
Our hard hat tours have proven extremely popular with new and potential clients and are a great way to understand the size and potential of ICC Wales. Clients truly appreciate that there are no dead ends, and that every route leads to a view of the woodland or outdoor spaces; we get many comments about the floor to ceiling glass windows in the meeting rooms which really bring the outside in. The tours are also a great way for event planners to get a real feel for the accessibility of the venue, as we are situated just off the M4 and just a two-hour train journey from London Paddington.
ICC Wales headline sponsor for M&IT awards
The industry’s largest awards show took place on St David’s Day on 1 March 2019, just months before the £84 million South Wales venue officially opens. Held at Battersea Evolution the awards were inspired by the country of Wales. The sponsorship allowed the ICC Wales to showcase the brand new convention centre to over 1,200 meetings and events professionals from across the UK.
The M&IT awards are organised by Meetings & Incentive Travel magazine and the event brings together all sectors of the business to reward excellence of service and product and to enjoy fantastic cuisine, fine wines, excellent live entertainment and raise funds for charity.
Several conferences have already been confirmed for the ICC Wales and has already secured more than a landmark £1million in contracted revenue. Confirmed events are drawn from across the Association, Corporate and Exhibition sectors and include The Association of Corporate Treasurers Annual Conference and the Alzheimer's Research UK Conference
The convention centre have adopted the 'Changing Places' accessible toilets and is rolling out several dementia friendly initiatives. The ground floor rooms have been repurposed so that several of its ground floor rooms to incorporate more accessible toilet facilities as part of the Changing Places campaign led by Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson. There are a further four accessible toilets on the ground floor, three on the first floor and one on the second floor. There are four ambulant cubicles on the ground floor, four on the first floor, and two on the second floor.
Staff training will also be taking place on specific customer service scenarios related to dementia, as well as ensuring that all signage is as clear as possible, and backed up with symbols or images where appropriate, that there are quiet areas, drop off bays in front of the venue, and that the chairs are a distinctive colour from the flooring.