BSPD 2017 will be held at The Lowry, Greater Manchester.  The Lowry is an arts and events venue that also houses a gallery for a collection of works by LS Lowry.

The Lowry is situated in MediaCityUK,  the redeveloped Salford Quays, that is now a creative hub.  MediaCityUK is home to BBC and ITV studios, best known for BBC Breakfast, The Voice and Coronation Street.

Car Parking at The Lowry
Parking is provided via the Lowry Outlet Mall multi-story car park which houses over 1000+ spaces, including accessible parking bays.

Parking is chargeable at £1 per hour per vehicle.

Discounted conference parking vouchers are available from the venue for BSPD 2017 delegates. The voucher is £7 per vehicle for full day parking (excludes overnight parking).

Social Venues
The social events will also take place in venues in Media City. The Quiz will take place at On the 7th (within The Landing). The dinner will take place at the Imperial War Museum North.  For further details on the social venues, please click here.

Salford Quays is set on the banks of Manchester Ship Canal and has a strong industrial heritage.

The conference hotel is the Holiday Inn Manchester – MediaCityUK, the closest hotel to The Lowry, and both social venues.

Other accommodation options around Media City include two Premier Inns (Manchester Salford Quays Media City and Manchester Old Trafford), Hotel Football and the Copthorne Hotel Manchester. There are also several serviced apartment options.

Getting to Media City/Salford Quays

The Metrolink Station MediaCityUK is a short walk from The Lowry and provides a frequent connection to Manchester city centre. For more information click here.

Getting to Manchester

By Rail
Manchester is well placed on the national rail network with frequent direct services from a range of regional hubs. Inter-city rail services terminate at either Manchester Victoria or Manchester Piccadilly Stations.

For more information on trains, please visit

The Metrolink provides a connection from all major railway stations to MediaCityUK.

By Car
By car, the venue can be accessed from the M60 orbital motorway. From the M60 take junction 12 for the M602. The Quays is a quarter of a mile from junction 3 of the M602. Follow the brown Lowry logo signs.

There are car parking facilities at the Lowry Outlet Mall and parking tickets can be bought in advance from The Lowry box office.

More information can be found here.

By Air
Manchester Airport is a major international hub just nine miles (14.5km) from the city centre. It serves more than 200 destinations worldwide. From the airport, the city centre is just 20 minutes by direct train. Trains depart every ten minutes and cost approximately £4.00 - £5.00 for a single journey. Alternatively, there is private taxi booking desks in each Terminal or taxi ranks outside each Terminal.

For more information click here.