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The Conference Venue

City Campus East is a modern state-of-the-art £70 million development in central Newcastle. The site was officially opened in 2008 with the design incorporating the use of recycled materials and a host of other sustainable initiatives which have earned it numerous accolades, including: the ‘CIBSE Low Carbon Performance Award for Low Carbon New Build Project of the Year’; the ‘RICS Sustainability, Design and Innovation Award’; and the overall ‘Building of the Year Award’ 2008 for Northern Region. The development was named ‘Project of the Year ‘and won the ‘Design and Innovation Award’ and the ‘Sustainability Award’ at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Renaissance Awards 2008. In 2009, the development was presented with a Civic Trust Award.
The development has hosted numerous external conferences over the past 7 years, including UFHRD 2009.

The advantages of this venue is that the whole conference would be contained within one building thereby minimising delegates’ exposure to any inclement Northern weather (!) and maximising productive networking time.

The buildings include flexible teaching spaces, raked and flat floor lecture theatres and hospitality suites. The Conference will be based across all four floors of the building. Three tiered ground floor lecture theatres (001, 002 and 003) hold up to 400, 250 and 200 delegates respectively and are perfectly suited for the plenary sessions and the annual general meeting. The seminar rooms are located across the four floors. These rooms, which hold a maximum of between 38 to 52 people each, are equipped with tables and chairs, white boards and flipchart stands. All lecture and seminar rooms are fully equipped with PC and projector facilities, video and audio equipment.  All PCs run MS Windows and provide access to the Internet, MS Office suite, Turning Point and media player.  
The ground floor of the building also provides a prominent and accessible reception desk and extensive washroom facilities. It also houses a restaurant and dining space in which conference lunches and refreshments will be served. A Starbucks café can also provide additional refreshments on weekdays should delegates require it. The lecture theatre, seminar rooms and restaurant facilities surround a large open space, which is typically used for registration desks, publisher’s stands and poster displays during conferences and is perfectly suited to this purpose. A separate secure room would be available to store delegates’ belongings. Wi-Fi codes will be supplied to all delegates providing free and reliable Wi-Fi throughout the building, and indeed across the University. 

Daytime catering for the Conference will be provided by the University catering teams. Tea, coffee and biscuits and a choice of sandwiches and hot lunch will be served on each full day in a dedicated space in the restaurant area.

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