Last week I attended a fabulous and very glamorous event at a hotel in the heart of the city of Birmingham: the Macdonald Burlington Hotel. It was the unveiling of the spectacular grand ballroom of the Macdonald Burlington Hotel, Birmingham, following an ambitious renovation project. Investment in the Macdonald Burlington Hotel has exceeded £1million, with the 500-person capacity Horton Suite undergoing the most extensive revamp. As well as modernising the colour scheme, state-of-the-art sound and lighting features have been installed, and an integrated dance floor has been created at the heart of the room. Four magnificent chandeliers – the striking centre pieces of the suite – were dismantled, restored and rebuilt by hand, and the internal bar redesigned to include additional seating.
The renovation is part of an ongoing project to reposition the hotel’s conference facilities as the city’s premier standalone multi-purpose events venue. Earlier this month, Macdonald Burlington Hotel was shortlisted for the prestigious Catey Awards, and was previously awarded the BDRC VenueVerdict Gold Standard Accreditation for outstandingly high levels of customer satisfaction. Derek McDonagh, regional managing director, said: “After months of work, it is such a wonderful feeling to officially unveil our state-of-the-art meeting and event facilites to the world.
“Our Horton Suite has always been one of the biggest event spaces in the city, but now it is definitely one of the most stylish. It was an extensive project and no detail has been overlooked. Materials were sourced from around the country and specialist craftsmen completed intricate projects, including the restoration of the chandeliers. We worked with many fine Birmingham-based tradesmen to complete construction in a careful but timely manner. The final event suite is both grand and opulent, but also feels modern and contemporary. All facilities have been completely refreshed, and the room boasts excellent lighting and hi-tech equipment.”
The launch event was a celebration for more than 200 guests, including local councillors, industry leaders and members of the business community.
The completion of the Horton Suite follows an extensive modernisation programme, which saw more than 16 meeting rooms undergo refurbishment. Each room was fitted with 75” flat-screen LCD screens and state of the art ClickShare technology which allows multiple delegates to connect their devices to the main presentation screen and share content at the click of a button. Delegates will also have access to Meet Point Network, which offers delegates a space to network before and after meetings.