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ICC Awards £22M of Work to Welsh Construction Firms

The ICC Wales convention centre has awarded work valued at £22m to Welsh construction firms.

The project

The project, which is expected to cost £83.7m, is scheduled to open in the summer of 2019. Once complete, the centre will consist of a 43,000 sq.ft. main hall, an auditorium capable of seating 1,500 people, 12 meeting rooms, a tall glass atrium, and an outdoor plaza measuring 26,900 sq. ft. Expected capacity is 5,000 people.

Several contracts have been handed out to companies across South Wales to complete various works during the various construction phases.

One firm is the Shine Catering Systems, a Newport-based business that obtained the contract to provide and install all kitchen equipment.

Julian Shine, the company’s managing director, said that the construction of ICC Wales is provide a huge boost to the region. He confirmed that Shine Catering Systems was honoured to be part of the team dedicated to the project’s success.

Mr. Shine said that over 500 person-days will be devoted to its completion, and an estimated five additional people will be hired specifically for the project. He said that upon completion the facility will be of international importance, with the catering team at ICC Wales being able to deliver catering standards rivalling the world’s greatest venues.

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ICC Wales and the impact on Welsh economy

Once complete, ICC Wales is expected to bring £70m a year to the Welsh economy.

Russell Phillips, vice president of facilities and development at ICC Wales, said it was extremely important that ICC Wales benefit the local community and become an important part of it. For these reasons, Welsh construction firms and people were engaged to help build it.

Mr. Phillips confirmed that “fantastic progress” was being made on the build, and the project was currently on target to meet next summer’s completion date. He said that it couldn’t be done without the team of local contractors who were working hard to turn the ICC Wales vision into a reality.

Economy secretary Ken Skates said that the International Convention Centre would be a major economic asset to Wales, enabling it to compete with any European venue to attract important events.

Mr. Skates pointed out that the centre was a prime example of what a successful collaboration between the private sector and the Welsh government could achieve. He added that the construction phase of the project offered important opportunities to the Welsh construction firms that secured contracts worth £22m, thereby providing jobs and increased prosperity in local communities.

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