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10 July 2015

#YOURgbBlog - The impressive re-development at Gleneagles Hotel

No more horsing around…


The new Gleneagles Arena…and YOURgb were invited!

It is always a pleasure to visit Gleneagles whatever the occasion, so when the @YOURgb team were invited for a sneak peak of their new event arena, we jumped in the car and shot straight up to check out the exciting new space.

We were welcomed by the warm and friendly Ashley Thomson, Regional Sales Manager for Gleneagles, who was very passionate about showing us around. As we were guided from the main entrance, Ashley was building the suspense of the new space whilst highlighting the washrooms and drinks reception areas; all elegantly designed from the old equestrian centre.

We then walked in to the vast, impressive 2,500sqm event space! If you’re looking for the wow factor, look no further! Watson Bell, Head of Events, a man of great knowledge and enthusiasm for this new space met us in the arena and proudly talked us through the space along with Ashley – no question unanswered! This place is equipped for any eventuality and the space is also home to four indoor tennis courts, which had been covered with exhibition carpet to allow us to see the potential for the space (whilst also not to ruin the courts!). There is retractable stadium seating which remains in the arena which really facilitates diverse event set ups.

This £750,000 development is such a great space that it provides the perfect blank canvas for organisers to create something really ambitious, and suitable for conferences, product launches and team building activities. Plus the access to the arena is perfect for driving in cars for sponsored events or car launches. Hanging points – an event manager’s dream – and the arena has them! They don’t just allow for easy rigging but they really facilitate the aesthetics of an event set up not having to use truss towers around the room. The ceiling itself in the arena is exquisite with wooden panels and really adds to the overall look of the space – Watson had joked it was built to retract…my face was a picture!

Following our show round, we were then treated to afternoon tea in Deseo, a more than delightful end to an exciting afternoon. Thanks to all the team at Gleneagles for the invitation – @YOURgb can’t wait to hold an event in The Gleneagles Arena soon!

Key features include:

-Car parking for 500 vehicles

-650 viewing seats, with capacity for additional seating to be brought in

-Usable floor space of 2,500 square metres

-Combined reception and retail area

-Loading bay access doors

-63 integrated hanging points tested to 500kg

-200A power supply with MCCB panel with a variety of sockets

-Complimentary parking facilities for 500

-LED house lights and oil-fired heating