New conference facilities planned for Norwich

Plans for new conference facilities have been put forward as part of a plan to redevelop the business centre of Norwich.

The new Broadgate Business Park development is earmarked for a position near to Broadland Business Park, and will include conference facilities alongside a hotel, a retail area, over 40,000 square feet of office space and a car showroom. The plans, one of several intended for the city centre, have drawn criticism from some who believe the new offices will remain empty, but project advocates say this is not the case.

Caroline Williams, chief executive of Norfolk Chamber of Commerce, told "If there weren't new offices built and businesses felt their current locations were not fit for purpose they might move out of Norwich altogether."

The planned Broadgate development is one of several which are being put forward in a bid to revitalise the city and help it compete with Birmingham venues and London venues.

The website recently reported on efforts to raise £25 million to turn St Andrew's Hall into a concert and conference centre.

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