Cheshire’s newest – and possibly quirkiest – conference venue at the soon-to-be-opened Lion Salt Works has hosted its first event.
The business facilities at Stove House 5 were given a full ‘road test’ by a delegation from Manage+ during their latest visit to the unique Northwich restoration project.
The European regeneration specialists returned to see first-hand how their £270,000 investment had contributed to the development of Stove House 5.
The striking glass-fronted building – which dates from 1965 – has been fully restored and houses a conference facility on the first floor with a café and visitors’ centre on the ground floor.
It will become the management centre of the heritage attraction when it opens to the public in April 2015.
Councillor Stuart Parker, Executive Member for Culture and Economy, said: “It was a privilege to welcome the Manage+ delegation as the first users of the fantastic conference facility at Stove House 5.
“The feedback from the group was very positive, and they were particularly impressed at the wonderful views from the centre over the whole Salt Works site.
“We hope the conference facility will become a major resource for businesses, community groups and other organisations to hold events and training.”
A European Union initiative, Manage+ supports the regeneration of former industrial and brownfield sites and has partners in the UK, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany.
It aims to develop sustainable and cost-effective models for the management of regeneration projects and ensures that the partners’ expertise is shared.
Councillor Stuart Parker (fourth from left) joins the Manage+ delegation outside Stove House 5.