LOCAL NEWS: Proposed investment strategy for the BIC


BCP Council’s Cabinet are to consider a new investment strategy for the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC).

At the Cabinet meeting this Friday, BCP Council will consider a report outlining the strategy.

Members will be asked to confirm their ongoing investment in the BIC. As well as this, they will decide whether to approve £170,000 to undertake a feasibility study to re-imagine the BIC for the next 30 years.

Additionally, members will be asked to formally agree the end of the hotel project, including the closure of the current procurement process.

Councillor Mark Howell, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, said: “Originally built in 1984 the BIC has been regarded as one of the UK’s most premier leisure and conference facilities

“Taking into account the age of the BIC and the opportunity to cease the procurement process for the hotel development now is an appropriate time to consider the wider options for replacing or refurbishing the BIC.  

“This feasibility study will enable the Council to work with the operators BH Live and other key stakeholders to look at redevelopment opportunities for the site, including the associated costs and deliverability.  This work will then inform any future decisions the Council makes with regards to potential investment at the BIC.”

For the full Cabinet agenda and reports, visit the BCP website, www.bcpcouncil.gov.uk 

The BIC:








The BIC is an award-winning conference, events and entertainment venue in Bournemouth’s town centre, situated alongside the coast line. 

Opened in 1984, the venue provides the largest licensed capacity on the South Coast for up to 10,000 visitors. There are four different halls within the BIC: Windsor, Purbeck, Solent and Tregonwell Hall. 

The site hosts events such as conferences, exhibitions, music concerts and comedy performances. 

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