City hall sees off London rivals to win award

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SHEFFIELD City Hall has beaten Chelsea Football Club, the Royal Albert Hall and Alexandra Palace to win a prestigious award for conference and events venues.

The team which manages the building has won the coveted prize at the industry Events Awards.

They picked up the title Large Event Space of the Year – a prize which recognises excellent venues that can put on 700-plus capacity events.

The achievement comes in a year in which City Hall hosted the Liberal Democrat spring party conference, as well as 750 music concerts, comedy gigs, entertainment shows, weddings, exhibitions and community events. The venue will host the National Union of Students conferences in April 2012 and 2013.

General manager Dominic Stokes said: “To win is an incredible achievement and we have been recognised as the country’s leading large event venue ahead of major London names.”