Next week (Friday 12 July) BCP Council’s Cabinet will consider a report outlining a proposed investment strategy for the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC).
At the meeting Members will be asked to confirm their commitment to ongoing investment in the BIC as well as approve £170K to undertake a feasibility study to reimagine the BIC for next 30 years.
Members will also 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. Attracting major political conferences and events, the BIC has attracted a wealth of wider economic benefits to the town.
“With other towns and cities now offering more bespoke and up to date facilities we need look at ways to ensure the BIC remains competitive.
“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.”
BCP Council Cabinet is a public meeting and will be held at Christchurch Civic Offices at 10am on Friday 12 July. To see the full Cabinet agenda and reports please visit www.bcpcouncil.gov.uk.