• 25/08/2021

The Valencia Conference Centre as a hub for development

Over the last 20 years, the Valencia Conference Centre’s surroundings have changed radically thanks to the congresses and events that have been held at our venue. Since the Centre was opened in 1998, the area has grown and developed into a booming business and residential district.

Accessibility as a priority
The construction of Norman Foster's building was a landmark in the expansion of the city, creating a hub of businesses around the venue. An example of this is the road approach into the city, which was redesigned in the early 2000s. Thanks to the extension of the CV-30 motorway, the Conference Centre is now located on the main access road into the city from the north west.
A little over two decades ago, the area around the building was simply a jumble of plots of land and wasteland. Today, the Conference Centre is set in a thriving, modern district that offers visitors a broad range of restaurants, leisure activities, accommodation and landscaped areas such as the Poliphilo Gardens.

Nature and tranquillity in the Poliphilo Gardens
The gated Poliphilo Gardens were opened in October 2000. In less than a five-minute walk from our building, you will find yourself transported to almost 40,000 square metres of nature and tranquillity, where you can take a stroll after a conference or a day out. Inspired by Francesco Colonna's book "Poliphilo's Strife of Love in a Dream" (1499), the gardens were designed as a romantic, evocative space divided into different areas such as the square of the Gates of Destiny, the Guardian of the Orchards and the Sacred Mountain. These areas, linked by winding paths, create an ideal place for relaxing next to one of the largest congress venues in Spain.

A driving force for the economy and employment
With over 1,000 hotel rooms within walking distance of the Centre, these two decades have served to create employment and boost the economy. The changes that have taken place in the district are visible in the Map Viewer supplied by the Valencian Regional Government's Cartographic Institute, which shows the changes that have taken place in our surroundings from the year 2000 to 2020 through its orthophotos.
This development reflects the Valencia Conference Centre's dedication to serving the city and acts as a driving force for ongoing progress in order to continue to be the city's benchmark venue today and in the future.