Manchester Central Convention Complex is housed in the former Manchester Central railway station. The station itself was designed by Sir John Fowler and closed to passengers in 1969. In 1982 it was renovated as an exhibition centre and was first known as the G-MEX Centre, primarily a music venue. It was renamed as Manchester Central in 2007 and refitted in 2008 and now regularly hosts events, exhibitions and conferences as well as music concerts.
The Manchester audition stages of popular TV show The X Factor were filmed at Manchester Central in 2009 and 2010, and in 2012 the finals of the show were hosted here.
Manchester Central boasts meeting spaces to house between 40 and 10,000 delegates, with 23,000 sqm of highly versatile space.
The beautiful architecture is still instantly recognisable as a train station, with beautiful arched ceilings in the Central Hall, which can be split into two separate spaces or used as a whole.This is a magnificent, column-free uninterrupted space which can be used for standard exhibition layouts or for more unconventional installations which will make use of the height and unique character of this space.
The Gallery is the perfect space for networking and exhibitions. With a 40ft skylight, the space is open and airy with plenty of natural light.
Then there is the Charter Suite, an entire suite of rooms that is incredibly flexible and can be used as individual rooms or in combination, either on their own or in conjunction with larger-scale conferences and events.
The Charter Foyer offers a beautiful networking space with flexible access to the main spaces, with its own entrance, cloakroom and toilet facilities.
The Cobden Rooms is an entirely self-contained space suitable for events up to 450 people, which can be split up into four separate spaces if required. With its own entrance, it can be used as an independent space if required too.
The Exchange Hall is a beautiful, multi-purpose space which is incredibly flexible and can be used for conferences, exhibitions and other events including large banquets.
There is also the Exchange Auditorium, a purpose-built, 804-seat auditorium with state-of-the-art audio-visual facilities, the Exchange Foyer, and the Exchange Break-Out Rooms, all of which make Manchester Central an amazing convention complex.
Meridian are approved electrical contractors at all these venues.
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