Venue

BiCon 2015 Bisexuality Convention venue University Park Nottingham - photo by Blinking Idiot (Flickr)
BiCon 2015 is at the University of Nottingham's University Park Campus – an award-winning campus with many green areas and a boating lake.

We're using:

  • The Engineering and Science Learning Centre for daytime sessions
  • Lenton and Wortley Halls for accommodation and evening entertainments.

University Park Campus map – PDF document (876 KB) – the ESLC is building 54, in the middle of the buildings to the right, while Lenton & Wortley Hall is named at the top edge of the campus.

Our daytime space: Engineering and Science Learning Centre (ESLC)

The ESLC is modern, highly accessible building.

BiCon 2015 bisexuality convention daytime space - Engineering and Science Learning Centre (ESLC)

BiCon 2015 venue inside engineering and science learning centre

Inside the Engineering and Science Learning Centre, our daytime space – photograph by mattbuck

Its facilities include:

  • A drop-off area and blue-badge parking right outside.
  • A large lift servicing all floors.
  • Comfortable seating outside meeting rooms.
  • Informal seating with armchairs on the upper levels and exhibition space.
  • Large plenary room is on the first floor, with a microphone and AV equipment.
  • Other well-lit meeting rooms of varying size.
  • Coffee bar on the ground floor, serving tea, coffee, soft drinks and snacks.

BiCon 2015 - coffee bar on first floor, daytime space - colourful tables, high glass windows and sofas

Our accommodation: Lenton and Wortley Halls

BiCon 2015 bisexuality convention - outside short of Lenton and Wortley Halls, with grassy surrounds and trees

Lenton and Wortley Halls. Photograph by David Lally

Parking

Go to the main University of Nottingham entrance on Beeston Lane off the A6464. This will take you to a gate where a security guard can give you directions to Lenton and Wortley Hall or the Engineering and Science Learning Centre (ESLC) for registration. Where to register.

You can get a free permit to park for the duration of BiCon – ask at the desk when you register.

You can use the parking nearest either the halls or ESLC while you register. After you've registered and taken bags to your room if needed, please move your car to the main car park at the centre of the campus, near Hugh Stewart Hall – see BiCon venue map – PDF, 382KB – unless you need to keep your car closer for mobility reasons.

Layout

The Halls are grouped around green central space.

All bedrooms

All bedrooms have:

  • wi-fi
  • single bed, bedside lamp, desk and chair
  • bedding and towels
  • small fridge
  • kettle, mugs, tea and coffee.

For families

  • Babes-in-arms and small children may share with a parent or carer. Older children must have their own booked room.
  • Paired shared bathroom (PSB) rooms may be particularly suitable for families, as a child can be in the next room with a shared bathroom.
  • You'll need to bring any child bed or cot with you, as the venue cannot supply these.

Types of rooms

Rooms will be allocated first in, first served, so there's a good reason to register early.

En suite rooms

  • Are now only for those with access or family needs.
  • Have their own bathrooms with a toilet, basin and level-access shower.
  • Shared micro-kitchens are up a short flight of stairs or via the lift, and have a sink, microwave, fridge and ironing board.

Paired shared bathroom (PSB) rooms

  • Sets of two bedrooms next to each other that share a bathroom with a shower cubicle, toilet and basin. They also have a larger-than-average single bed.
  • Shared micro-kitchens are up a short flight of stairs, and have a microwave, kettle and sink.

Standard rooms

  • Each room has its own sink and a small fridge.
  • Here, a bathroom is shared between 6 rooms. It's got 2 toilets and 2 shower cubicles.
  • The micro-kitchen is on the top floor and is similar to the ones in the paired shared bathroom (PSB) rooms.

None of the micro-kitchens contain cutlery or plates.

Social area

The outside social area has picnic tables and large patio umbrellas.

BiCon 2015 outdoor social space or picnic area, with conservatory behind

Outdoor social space or picnic area, with conservatory behind

Dining and kitchen

Inside, there is a large, traditional-style dining hall.

BiCon 2015 dining hall and ball space - long tables, wooden floor, wooden panelling

We'll also use this space for the ball.

Meals

Breakfast and dinner will be served in the dining hall – lunch will be at the ESLC.

The kitchen is used to catering for vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diets. They will do their best to meet other dietary requirements if given details in advance. They use only free-range eggs and halal chicken and lamb.

They will serve at least two-thirds vegetarian food to allow for meat-eaters to choose the veggie option if they wish.

Bar

BiCon 2015 bisexual convention venue - the bar - with tables and chairs, sofas and large windows

  • We have asked for a large supply of soft drink and crisps as well as alcohol.
  • The bar leads on to a conservatory for a quieter social space.

BiCon 2015 venue - conversatory next to the bar

Library – informal social space

Upstairs from the dining hall is a traditional-style library and a mirroring informal social space on the other side of the building.

BiCon 2015 - library, games and social space

There is no lift to this area, so we won't use it for scheduled sessions.

7 thoughts on “Venue

  1. Despite the (wonderful) fact that Bicon will be fully catered this year the BiCurrious Club will still be meeting up for a hot bi curry 😉 on the Friday or Saturday evening. Can anyone with local knowledge recommend a good Bangladeshi/Indian/Pakistani/Sri-Lankan etc. restaurant near the university?

    Many thanks,

    David

    • Not local knowledge as such – Savera Tandoori is 0.5 miles from Lenton and Wortley Halls and gets pretty good reviews on TripAdvisor.

  2. Hi, I am not using on site accmmodation, am I still eligable for the parking pass?
    Thanks

    • Hi Claire, yes anyone attending BiCon can use the parking and get a pass when they check in

      Rowan

  3. Many thanks for the tandoori tip 🙂 It looks like a good option. I'll check it out on Bicon Thursday (accessibility/facilities/menu/prices etc.).

  4. Am I too late to get accommodation and/or a ticket for BiCon 2015? :"(

    Bi 4 now

    Ryk Ox

    • You're not too late to get a ticket – you can register and pay on the day(s) with cash.

      Unfortunately on-site accommodation is closed, but there may still be rooms available at the onsite hotel (say you're going to BiCon to get the preferential rate). There are also some affordable hotels near the University Park Campus, such as P & J Hotel and Travelodge Wollaton Park

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