February 14, 2011
The 1200 square metre venue is pillar less and one of the largest event spaces in New Zealand and was developed at a cost of more than NZD$8 million. It has the capacity to seat 900 guests banquet style and 1,400 guests theatre style in a room that can move effortlessly from a day time conference venue to an elegant evening dinner space. With a range of smaller meeting rooms supporting the venue, The Great Room can also be divided into four sections and will offer a multi-faceted event space of a truly international standard.
“The Great Room will set a new benchmark in event excellence in New Zealand and is destined to be the greatest room in the land with its heady combination of grandeur and glamour mixed with versatility and value,” says Jeffrey van Vorsselen, Managing Director of The Langham
“The Great Room is not simply a room. It is total concept from start to finish, using the highest quality materials and fabrics in its construction, state-of-art audio visual installations, innovative design and in terms of food and beverage, it will offer restaurant quality cuisine at all times. In support of the culinary offering, we will be unveiling a ‘Bill of Fare’ (range of banquet packages) that will further complement the environment and on a scale unseen before,” says Mr van Vorsselen.
“We believe there is a large market in New Zealand and overseas requiring a true five-star conferencing and ballroom experience in Auckland. With The Great Room, we will also have a great asset from a tourism perspective, as we can attract high quality and large scale events and conferences to the city.”
The 1200 square metre room showcases over 100 remote controlled pin spotlights in the roof, six large electronic screens, wireless internet connection, electronic signage and an integrated sound system – to name but a few of The Great Room’s extensive AV features. Multi-Media Systems Ltd is the onsite AV supplier to The Great Room and The Langham has worked closely with the company throughout the extensive project. In keeping with the hotel’s sumptuous interior design and soft furnishings, The Great Room’s look and feel has been translated into a timeless experience with lush yet versatile colour palettes and fabrics – and of course with the hotel’s signature chandeliers. There will be 33 exquisite crystal chandeliers featuring in The Great Room.