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Scotland’s Gleneagles Hotel to build new event space

Hot on the heels of hosting a successful Ryder Cup, The Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland plans to construct a new 8,200 square-foot event space – The Gleneagles Arena.

Located within Gleneagles’ 850-acre estate, as part of its Activity School complex, the Gleneagles Arena will transform one of its current equestrian arenas into a modern and versatile event space, which also doubles as a four-court indoor tennis center.

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“After celebrating our 90th anniversary and hosting The Ryder Cup, this has been one of the most memorable years in Gleneagles history,” stated Stuart Smith, director of Events & Leisure, The Gleneagles Hotel. “We are delighted that we’ll be able to keep the momentum going in 2015 with the launch of this fantastic new events space. It’s going to be an amazing blank canvas for all kinds of events – from car launches, to concerts, to foodie extravaganzas.”

Due to launch in spring 2015, the new space will be for conferences, exhibitions, product launches, concerts and team-building events. With capacity for 500 – 2000 guests, the five-star resort will now be able to accommodate much larger groups.

Its key features include:

• Floor space of 8,200 sq. ft.
• The creation of a new combined reception and retail area
• 650 viewing seats
• Loading bay access doors
• 63 integrated hanging points tested to 1000 lbs.
• 200A power supply with MCCB panel with a variety of sockets
• A dedicated access route from car park, with 500 spaces
• LED house lights and oil-fired heating

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The Gleneagles Arena project represents a $1 million investment, the latest in a long line of recent upgrades. These have included a $8 million refurbishment of The Club earlier in 2014, a nearly $5 million overhaul of the Dormy Clubhouse in 2011, the installation of The Blue Bar – a new outdoor whisky and cigar bar – in the same year, and a $1.6 million investment in its PGA Centenary Course in 2012. And last month, Gleneagles also completed a $400,000 refurbishment of its flagship conference venue, The Gleneagles Suite.

Gleneagles’ existing equestrian offering at the Activity School will be retained, with coaching for all levels still being offered to leisure and corporate guests alike in its small arena and outdoor facilities.

For further information, visit www.gleneagles.com or call Group Sales on 1 866 881 9525.

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