Portsmouth conference venue given £960,000 funding

Over £960,000 in government funding will be used to revamp a Portsmouth conference venue.

The Treadgolds Centre in Portsmouth will become a state-of-the-art conference venue after renovation work is completed on the base, reported the Portsmouth News.

Some of the money will be used to demolish part of the building while the rest will help to refurbish the conference venue.

Janet de Bathe, Treadgolds project ambassador for Learning Links, told the newspaper the money will "create a conference venue that, with careful planning, will retain a heritage museum as a tourist attraction for the city".

The museum has a forge and ironmongers which remain intact, but was forced to close for health and safety reasons six years ago.

It is hoped the new space will be used for exhibitions, concerts and educational activities.

Companies hoping to use the base as a conference venue should be able to use it from autumn next year, when the work is scheduled for completion.

The Gosport waterfront in Portsmouth is also set to undergo an overhaul, which will include new conference venues.ADNFCR-1752-ID-19302139-ADNFCR

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