Sandy Park, stadium home of Exeter Chiefs rugby club, has announced an upgrade of its conference facilities.

Sandy Park’s largest room - the Exeter Suite - has been fitted with a high definition camera, allowing speakers or other activities to be displayed across the screens both in the Exeter Suite and throughout the building.

In addition, the screens in Sandy Park’s Exeter, Estuary, County and Chiefs suites have all been upgraded to new Panasonic Solid Shine laser projectors with 4m x 2.25m screens - with new plasma TV screens also installed in each of the rooms.

Investment has been made in software allowing wireless streaming plus software ensuring videos, presentations and images can all be presented seamlessly.

A video conferencing facility has been added in the boardroom. This can be used in conjunction with the 82” plasma television in the room.

As well as being one of the best equipped events venues in the area, Sandy Park is also one of the South West’s most accessible; convenient to both the M5 motorway at junction 30 and Exeter International Airport,

Hilton Hotels group is planning a major expansion of its UK presence after extending its partnership with hotel operators, Dominvs Group.

Dominvs has eleven new properties in the pipeline. It is constructing four hotels with Hilton, including the world’s first Motto by Hilton; a new urban lifestyle brand with 100 bedrooms opening in Marylebone, central London in 2020.

Additionally, under development are the St Paul’s Creed Court Hotel (pictured) with 145 bedrooms, which will be part of Hilton’s Curio Collection, as well as two Hampton by Hilton hotels, one in London’s Aldgate and one in Bath. All four hotels will be opening between 2020 and 2022.

Hilton currently operate 145 hotels in the UK under seven brands. It is set to open at least 35 hotels in the next two years with new hotels planned in Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool and London.

Last autumn, following a nine-month renovation, RSA House in London opened its redesigned Vaults along with a new banqueting kitchen.

The Vaults which were once used as riverfront warehouses for cattle, dairy products and wine, feature high ceilings, exposed brickwork and alcoves.

The Vaults have their own entrance, reception and private facilities. The Vaults will seat up to 80 delegates for a theatre style meeting or 220 guests for an evening event.

RSA House also boasts a purpose-built theatre - The Durham Street Auditorium. This has been built on the last remaining stretch of an 18th century cobbled roadway which was originally part of a tunnel underneath the House. It will seat up to 70 delegates theatre style. The Durham Street Auditorium is equipped with a three metre screen, a PA system and a fixed stage.

RSA House has an additional nine flexible meeting and events spaces.

RSA House is the headquarters of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts Manufactures and Commerce. It is located in John Adam Street in the heart of London’s West End within easy reach of Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and a range of mainline and tube stations.

Construction has started on a new 78-bedroom hotel in Dagenham East. The hotel will be a Travelodge and its chief claim to fame will be its location – yards from the site of the soon-to-be largest film studio complex in London.

Travelodge Dagenham will also feature ground-floor retail space and a stand-alone Costa Coffee drive-thru.

The site in Dagenham is set to become ‘London’s Hollywood’. The proposed Dagenham film and TV studios will occupy a 22-acre site and will include 12 sound stages, a major events centre, VR and 3D attractions as well as retail and dining outlets.

Expected completion and opening dates await publication.

The building once housed the Tower Bridge Magistrates Court and a police station in central London. Bought from the government following closure of the court and after a multi-million-pound makeover, the building has just reopened as The Dixon Tower Bridge hotel, part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection.

The Grade II-listed building was built by John Dixon Butler in 1905 – hence the name of the hotel. Reminders of its former use are scattered throughout the hotel. Gates that once corralled the public gallery still stand in reception. The main courtroom has been turned into an events space – the Dock. In the Provisioners restaurant, the floor marks out where 20 of the building’s original cells once stood.

The Dixon Tower Bridge has 193 bedrooms including nine suites. All rooms feature plenty of natural daylight with state-of-the-art technology, including smart TVs and complimentary ultra-fast wi-fi. Some rooms have views across Tower Bridge, others across to The Shard at the rear.

The Dixon Tower Bridge has two events suites totalling 104 sq-mt with The Chambers, the main room seating up to 50 delegates theatre style.

Leisure facilities include a fitness suite with cardiovascular equipment and free weights.

The Dixon Tower Bridge is located in Tooley Street close to Tate Modern and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre as well as the City of London.

A pirate-ship shaped hotel can be spotted on the horizon sailing towards Gulliver’s World Theme Park & Leisure Resort in Warrington.

The pirate-ship hotel is one component of an overall £3.8million scheme to extend Gulliver’s World theme park. The project has been named ‘the Wilderness Wharf’. It would also include a village resort encompassing a café, craft centre, children’s indoor play centre/crèche, guest reception and housekeeping facilities.

The planned new hotel would have 71 bedrooms. It would feature rooms themed as a pirate ship and a fairytale castle with suites and family rooms.

The outcome of the planning application is expected in April. Subject to its approval, a two-phase construction programme will begin which is expected to last two to three years.

Gulliver’ World is located north west of Warrington town centre.

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