Plans approved for new & bespoke EventCity set to open spring 2021

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Plans submitted by EventCity to build a brand new, state-of-the-art venue in TraffordCity have today been approved.

The application, submitted in September 2019, proposed the creation of a bespoke events venue which would allow the business to be even more flexible when hosting conferences, exhibitions, gala dinners and meetings. 

The new, purpose-built facility will see a multi-million-pound investment by its owners, Peel L&P.

At 23,700m2, the enhanced offering will cater for a range of events and will be more malleable, allowing for areas to be divided off with acoustic walls, so multiple events can take place at any one time. The venue will include updated features, such as a central foyer with breakout space and a reconfigured entrance.

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Securing the former Soccerdome site, the new address will bring the venue even closer to existing leisure destinations and hotels within TraffordCity, boasting ample free parking alongside excellent road and public transport access.

The Metrolink, due to open in TraffordCity Spring 2020, will be just a seven-minute walk from the new EventCity location.

Neil Lees, acting chief executive at EventCity and deputy chairman of the Peel Group, said: “We’re thrilled to have gained approval so work can commence on the new EventCity. The venue will be a fantastic addition to the TraffordCity offering, creating even more reasons for people to visit and experience the ever-evolving area.

“We’re determined to offer only the very best experiences for both clients and visitors and we’re confident the new venue will deliver exactly that, providing the perfect blank-space venue no matter the type, scale or size of your event.”

With the doors to the new venue set to open in Spring 2021, the current EventCity will remain in operation until then. Work will commence at the new site immediately, with EventCity and Peel L&P entering a new, long-term lease of 25 years.

Subject to planning approval the current site of EventCity on Barton Dock Road will become the first health and wellbeing resort of its kind in the UK – Therme Manchester, taking up 28 acres of space.

EventCity’s delegates and attendees will be blown away by the unique offering within TraffordCity, boasting something for everyone – from those looking for adventure, or simply seeking relaxation and retail therapy.

Thrill-seekers can hit the ski slopes at Chill Factore, indoor skydive at iFLY or enjoy a round of adventure golf at Dino-Falls.

Home to intu Trafford Centre, one of the most dynamic shopping and leisure destinations in the UK, visitors can enjoy an unrivalled range of shops and eateries such as Selfridges, John Lewis, Carluccio’s and Yang Sing Cathay.

Just a stone’s throw away from City Airport, those making a flying visit can do so – literally; the venue is also ultra-connected with road, tram, bike and walking access and is only a 15-minute drive to Manchester Airport. With a number of gyms and hotel rooms on the doorstep, EventCity’s guests are left spoilt for choice when visiting.

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