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VALENCIENNES CONVENTION CENTRE INAUGURATION

Valenciennes Convention Centre, a multi-purpose, modular, ergonomic event venue was inaugurated on last January, 27th in presence of 2,500 guests and local officials.

     
     
Inauguration of Valenciennes Convention Centre ©François Lo Presti
Inauguration of Valenciennes Convention Centre ©François Lo Presti
Inauguration of Valenciennes Convention Centre ©François Lo Presti
Inauguration of Valenciennes Convention Centre ©François Lo Presti

Although the first stone of the Valenciennes Convention Centre was only laid a little over a year ago, the complex was inaugurated on last January, 27th, in the presence of 2,500 guests and local officials.
The public was also able to discover the venue during free guided tours organized after the inauguration on Saturday, 28th January 2017. Thus, 1,000 people were able to visit this new facility of the destination.

 

A building with a unique architectural design

The 15,129 sqm-building has an original architectural design, with a suspended metalwork canopy in a lace-like pattern. This integrates the former Water Tower and Electricity Plant of the old Vallourec industrial site, which are like the emblems of the new venue.  Inside, a « street » enables to articulate the space in four “universes”:

  • a large hall of 1,800 sqm,
  • a “village” with three amphitheaters,
  • a huge nave (2,400 sqm) for exhibitions, musical or sport shows (from 2,000 to 4,000 spectators),
  • and a dedicated space to meeting rooms.

 

Designed by Chabanne & Partenaires, the Valenciennes Convention Centre (Cité des Congrès Valenciennes) provides multi-purpose, modular, ergonomic facilities that make the venue extremely user-friendly.” Depending on the event and their size, the four entities can function per pair, trio or independently", explains Mr. Chabanne.

 

The Economic benefits expected for the city of Valenciennes

According to Laurent Degallaix, Valenciennes’ Mayor (45,000 inhabitants) and President of Valenciennes Metropolitan Area (190,000 inhabitants), this type of equipment was necessary. “We were called for hosting major events, from now on we will be able to do it with this great building. Before, you had to go to Lille or Amiens”.

With a projection of 90 congresses, conventions, seminairs and gala dinners, around 15 exhibitions and 8,000 overnight stays, the direct and indirect economic benefits are expected to be around 10 million euros per year. Therefore, the new convention and exhibition centre will enhance the development of business tourism and in a larger scale of the local economic ecosystem due to significant transport factories (Toyota, Bombardier, Alstom, PSA) implemented in the region and a digital technology cluster.

 

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