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Conference centre to put Telford on the map

Local practice Hickton Madeley Architects has won planning permission to redevelop Telford International Conference Centre. The £14 million scheme is being carried out in two phases, the first of which is scheduled to start in June for completion in May 2001, with the next phase commencing in early 2003. The phasing requirements have been set to accommodate the centre's existing conference programme.

The new build works comprise a new glazed entrance foyer, public circulation spaces, break out facilities, conference area with links to a new exhibition and display hall.

The front elevation is dominated by a stainless steel 'ribbon' which weaves across the site, carrying imagery, services and maintenance access, and provides a foil to the retained structures behind. The green copper roof and glazed walls cross the ribbon at varying angles.

Project architect for Hickton Madeley Architects Cameron Martin said: 'The scheme is conceived as a choreographed progression of the public's approach to the centre and the complex arrangement of spaces within it.'

Originally built in the 1970s as a series of ad hoc structures, the dynamic form of the centre's refurbishment is intended to 'set the building apart from all the others in the town and create a keynote building for Telford'.

The new construction will cater for the 3,300 people anticipated at any one time, for events as diverse as the national indoor tennis competition and the British Sugar Craft Fair.

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