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August 2012

£12m investment programme sees Wellcome’s Hinxton venue expansion begin

Stakeholders involved in the expansion of Wellcome Trust Genome Campus gathered today, 2 August, for a ceremony that broke ground for the 64-room expansion.

The occasion marked the start of the first phase of Wellcome’s Hinxton expansion, which will increase the existing hotel room capacity to 136 and see a restaurant extension that will seat up to 300 delegates.

The ceremony also heralded new plans for the next decade. Campus Director David Davison announced: "This is a first and major step towards achieving our plans to become the primary centre for supporting scientific research in the area. The conference centre will be at the heart of our public engagement programme delivery going forward."

Rachel Cordier, Conference Centre Manager, Wellcome Conference Centres, said: “This substantial investment in our product and ongoing plans will give us a stronger market presence and help us approach new customers and market sectors. An increased room inventory, as well as a larger and improved restaurant, will also allow us to pitch for larger pieces of business which will in turn have a positive impact in Cambridgeshire's economy.”

Set in over 100 acres of parkland on the banks of the River Cam, Wellcome Trust Conference Centre offers nine high specification conference and event rooms, suitable for discreet boardroom meetings, symposiums, company retreats and exhibitions. With its tranquil surroundings, the venue is also ideal for private events and milestone parties.

June 2010

Regional Sustainable Travel Award

The Genome Campus travel plan was commended at the recent East of England Award ceremony. The aim of this award is to identify inspiring examples of innovation and action by organisations in the areas of commuting and business travel and through this to reward best practice and inspire others to take action in the region.

The judges commented, "The Wellcome Trust demonstrated real progress in a number of areas, building sustainable travel into their organisational culture. By recognising the challenges faced, they have tailored their sustainable travel plan to their business, making it innovative and successful". 

This regional award is a real achievement for the Campus and highlights outstanding recognition for the efforts from all that contribute to the multi award winning Genome Campus Travel Plan.

August 2009

ISO 14001 Accreditation Completed

The Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, including the Conference Centre, has successfully completed ISO 14001 accreditation.

The assessor commented, "It was most striking that the system was Campus wide and all those interviewed were fully aware of their responsibilities and duties within it. From entering the site via reception it was immediately obvious that the system was intended to bring real environmental benefits, not only to the campus and those working in it, but to the wider community as well."

Wellcome Trust Conference Centre Manager, Rachel Cordier, comments, "We have always been proud of our environmental credentials. Working in a beautiful Georgian house, we are very aware of our impact on the overall environment, not only the 55 acres that we occupy, but the local area and villages as well."

February 2009

Head Chef Wins UK Final of the IACC Copper Skillet Challenge 2009

Head Chef, Josh Fox, has won the UK Final of the IACC Copper Skillet Challenge 2009 and will now represent the UK at the International Final to be held in Georgia, USA, on 27th March 2009.

Download a copy of the winning menu and more information regarding the competition.

January 2009

Latest Technology in Video Conferencing Installed

The latest technology in video conferencing has been installed in Loft Room 1. The high definition capable Polycom HDX9004 video conferencing system, which uses IP over the internet, is connected to two 50" NEC professional quality plasma screens with stereo speakers, Polycom HD EagleEye camera and two HDX microphones, giving outstanding picture and sound quality.

November 2008

ISO 14001

The Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, including the Conference Centre, successfully passed phase four of the BS8555 approach to achieving the ISO 14001 accreditation for Environmental Management, encompassing our Energy Efficiency, Waste Control and Green Transport strategies.

August 2008

Wellcome Trust Conference Centre Completes Bedroom Refurbishment

An 18 month refurbishment programme of all of our bedrooms was completed in August 2008. Our 60 Residential Court Rooms have a new stylish, timeless design and our 10 executive rooms, in Hinxton Hall, have a new stylish, classical design, in keeping with the 18th century Hall.

The bedrooms have received their new look with new beds, flooring, soft furnishings, hairdryers and digital television, creating stylish, comfortable rooms with complimentary wireless LAN connections.

July 2008

Wellcome Trust Conference Centre Refurbishes Dedicated IT Training Room

The Rosalind Franklin Pavilion, our IT training room with 20 dual boot desktop computers (plus trainers computer) has two operating systems for dedicated IT training purposes – Microsoft Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux.

In July 2008 the Rosalind Franklin Pavilion received a new look with brand new integrated furniture which will allow easy store away for all computers and monitors to create a classroom layout for up to 40 delegates, allowing the room to become multi-functional throughout your event.

To arrange a show round or enquire about our facilities, please contact the Conference and Events team on or email: .