EICC to install £84m innovative moving floor

The Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) is to invest £84 million in a new computer-controlled moving floor, which will allow the facility to be transformed within a few minutes.

One of the first of its kind to be installed at any venue in the world, the innovative technology will give the EICC the option to host a variety of events, from large-scale banquets to smaller sporting occasions, according to the Scotsman.

The new development, which will allow the space to be transformed into a 1,600-seater tiered auditorium in just four minutes, will be built underneath an eight-floor office to allow the centre to remain open during a 34-month building programme.

"When we were looking at expanding, it made sense to build this extension underground and what we have designed allows us to be very flexible," Hans Rissman, chief executive of the EICC, tells the newspaper.

Meanwhile, another of Scotland's premier venues, the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, recently underwent a £380,000 refurbishment to increase its seating capacity by 200, according to the Press and Journal.

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