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Friday, February 04, 2011

What's Hot for 2011

As 2011 gets underway, Scotland is set for an exciting year ahead with a host of new developments in the pipeline. VisitScotland’s Business Tourism Unit reports on just some of the hottest new additions to the country’s ever- expanding conferencing portfolio.

Riverside Museum

Location: River Clyde/ Kelvin, Glasgow Harbour
Current status: construction is nearing completion for its opening in Spring 2011


The new £74m Riverside Museum is being constructed beside the River Clyde at the mouth of Glasgow’s other main river, the Kelvin, adjacent to Glasgow Harbour and opposite Govan.


Due to open in Spring 2011, this futuristic structure has been inspired by Glasgow’s maritime history and designed by internationally acclaimed architect Zaha Hadid, replacing the existing Museum of Transport at the Kelvin Hall.


The new museum will house Glasgow’s transport collection as well as some impressive new exhibits and the Clyde built GlenleeTall Ship will also relocate here to be berthed outside.


Once open, the entire museum can be hired on an exclusive-use basis and will be capable of hosting a reception for a maximum of 800-900 guests. The versatile venue will boast a number of self contained areas offering discreet spaces for corporate meetings and events.


These five areas will include:

‘The Street’ - a reconstructed 1900’s street enabling visitors to step back in time. The cobbled street will house old buildings, pubs, cars, a subway station as well as its very own tram and tramlines offering a unique setting for a themed drinks reception (for approx 100 guests)

Café – the glass fronted cafe will offer an attractive space overlooking the waterfront. Capable of hosting up to 100 guests, the space can be reconfigured to offer a dinner setting.

Education Suite – this private space seats 50-60 delegates board room style.

The Boardroom – This self contained room will offer the ideal area for those looking for a more intimate meeting space for up to 20-25 delegates.

Mezzanine Level – the mezzanine level offers generous space ideal for a reception up to 150 people

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National Museums Scotland

Location: Edinburgh
Current Status: opening Summer 2011 (Open for corporate events from October 2011)


Located in the heart of Edinburgh, the National Museum of Scotland is currently undergoing a £46.4m major redevelopment, which will transform it into a world class 21st century experience.


Scheduled to open in Summer 2011, the development will be open for corporate events from October 2011 and will include a new street level floor, a café and restaurant,16 inspiring new galleries and a stunning Grand Gallery.


Set to be the central defining feature of the National Museum of Scotland, the Grand Gallery's soaring, light-filled atrium will be a unique example of Victorian architecture. Housing large-scale objects that highlight Scotland’s contribution to the world, the magnificent space will be capable of hosting a gala dinner for 850 people.


Facilities remaining open during the refurbishment include Hawthornden Court for receptions up to 750 and gala dinners for 120, and the Board and Bute Rooms for meetings up to 50.


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The Scottish National Arena

Location: Glasgow
Current status: construction scheduled to commence February 2011. Due to be completed by 2013


The Scottish Exhibition + Conference Centre (SECC) has scheduled to build The Scottish National Arena, set to be ranked one of the top five arenas in the world.


The project will create employment opportunities for up to 3,000 people over the course of the construction which is planned to commence in February 2011 and will be completed by 2013.
Expected to have in excess of one million visitors a year, the 12,000 seat Scottish National Arena will be a key venue for the 2014 Commonwealth Games and will further cement Glasgow’s position as a premiere destination for large scale international events.


This new arena is set to provide the people of Glasgow and visitors from all over the world with another boldly-designed, top-quality concert and event venue.


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