Multi-million pound Welcome Building taking shape

Welcome Building SUS-181107-104417001
Welcome Building SUS-181107-104417001

The new multi-million pound Welcome Building at The Devonshire Quarter is taking shape with the glass installation due to take place in the next few weeks.

When completed, the new cultural, conference and sporting complex will allow the council to compete for conference business worth around £10 million to the town’s economy and will create around 100 additional jobs across the economy.

Contractors Vinci Construction Ltd have now begun work on the curtain wall (pictured) where the glass will be placed, the installation of 11 steel trusses is continuing and plumbing has begun on the first main hall.

The Welcome Building will provide conference halls, break out and hospitality areas, the site’s central box office, and a fully accessible entrance to the Congress Theatre and Winter Garden, including lifts to every floor.

Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Tourism and Leisure Services Councillor Margaret Bannister said, “It’s really exciting to see the new building take shape and fantastic news that everything is on schedule for completion, as planned, in Spring next year.”