WORK is underway to create the new south pavilion entrance to Coventry Building Society Arena ahead of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
It is the fourth stage in a multi-million-pound project to create the state-of-the-art Commonwealth Convention Centre at the venue.
The new south pavilion will be the main gateway to the convention centre and provide seamless access to the 7,750 square metres of indoor conference and exhibition space at the Arena.
Work already completed includes the renovation of the 6,000 square metre Indoor Arena, the aesthetic transformation of the existing 1,750 square metres of space beneath the Arena, which is now the convention centre, and the creation and launch of a popular new sports bar, The Anecdote.
When completed, the pavilion entrance will provide access to the new Convention Centre Lobby, an open plan multi-purpose reception space offering flexible options for event organisers.
Stephen Vaughan, Wasps Group Chief Executive, said: “The south pavilion entrance will provide the perfect gateway to our new state-of-the-art convention centre.
“In recent months, the Arena has undergone a significant transformation and the updates we have made so far have been incredibly well-received by organisers holding their conferences and exhibitions with us.
“With the completion of the south pavilion we will be ready for the attention of the world to be focused on Coventry Building Society Arena as part of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.”
After the games, the convention centre will further cement the Arena as a modern, flexible and market leading facility for the conference and exhibition industry.
The project is funded through the £3.8 million granted to the venue by the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP), via the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) as part of the Government’s Getting Building Fund.