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2012June 2012 . www.conference-news.co.uk . 12 Paul Hicks has created the fourth in a series of commemorative artworks. Paul is the winner of the public competition to produce a new piece celebrating Olympia's 125th anniversary. You can find out more, and see other competition entries at www.olympia.co.uk

LIVEWIRE14 . www.conference-news.co.uk . June 2012June The newly restored and redesigned St Ermin's Hotel in St James's Park, London, has been included in Conde Nast Traveller's 2012 Hot List of 100 Best New Hotel Openings Worldwide. April saw completion of the hotel's third and fi nal wing, bringing the full complement of 331 rooms and suites on stream."The whole team at St Ermin's is delighted to have received this prestigious recognition," commented General Manager, Douglas McHugh."Our aim throughout was to revive the style and fortunes of this original Westminster grande dame and put her back on the map for both local and international guests. We stayed true to the St Ermin's original Grade II architecture and quirky character, but brought her right up to date in terms of style, comfort and friendly, fi ve star service."After 12 months, the £30m transformation has paid dividends according to McHugh. He said the hotel's client base is stronger and average room rates have doubled.St Ermin's Hotel hot listedAs the hosepipe ban continued into May, CN stepped through the puddles to the Euston future HQ of the Royal College of General Practitioners for a hard hat tour and 'topping out'. Not content with buying a £34m HQ, the RCGP is busy investing further millions to refurbish the Grade II listed building for events. When the new-look is unveiled in September, the association will have an auditorium able to seat 300 for conferences and 60 meeting rooms.The weather had cleared later in the month for a drive up the A1 to see what £3m gets you at the purpose-built conference centre at Wyboston Lakes. Mark Jones, former GM at Whittlebury Hall and Ops Director at both the Eden Project and Center Parcs, is overseeing the rebuilding and rebranding. A new spa will incorporate 11 therapy rooms and be part of the new-look Wyboston Lakes Hotel.The month ended witha visit to the Grosvenor House Hotel in London to sample its meetings and events offering and a trip to the seaside town of Bournemouth and the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) to be part of its new Conference Coast initiative, designed to attract more business tourists to the town.Steppin OutPark Plaza Sherlock Holmes has reported a rise in Sherlock fans visiting the boutique hotel.Following series two of BBC drama Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in January 2012 and Robert Downey Junior's latest stint as the super sleuth in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows in December 2011, Park Plaza Sherlock Holmes has witnessed a 20 per cent increase in the detective's followers checking-in to the four-star hotel.The converted 18th century townhouse is just a stone's throw from the mythical detective's former residence at 221b Baker Street."The hotel has always been popular with fans of the classic stories," says Michelle Wells, General Manager of Park Plaza Sherlock Holmes. "But we've noticed an increase in bookings from people who've enjoyed the BBC series and recent fi lms and want to come and experience the world of Sherlock for themselves."Sherlock Holmes hotel 20% up... elementary