East London International Convention Wins Major Design Award
Wednesday, Nov 02 2011
THE East London International Convention Centre was awarded the Regional Award for architecture by the Border Kei Institute of Architects at a function in the city last week.
Designed by Acro Architects for NV Properties, the East London International Convention Centre is a contemporary take on Afro-modernity and presents itself as the city’s most important construction of late as well as a development that has put East London on the conventions map.
Costing R500 million to build, the ELICC’s state-of-the-art facilities include a 650-seater auditorium, an exhibition floor (taking up to 90 stands) and a major hall capable of seating 850 ball-room style and 2200 cinema-style as well as board-rooms, restaurants and kitchens.
Interior décor reflects both an African sense of place and the cosmopolitan style of international convention centers.
“The development is not only bringing conference & incentive travel to East London but has also significantly upgraded Orient Beach and the Esplanade as a leisure destination,” says Samuel Nassimov MD of Premier Hotels who manages the ELICC.
In addition, the conference centre’s proximity to both the new Premier Hotel EL ICC and Premier Hotel Regent mean conference goers have on-site accommodation and top class hotel facilities without having to leave the ELICC precinct.
Indeed, within only 12 months of opening, the ELICC has hosted a boxing world title fight and major conferences, for which it has received substantial acclaim.