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Hertfordshire County Council

Hertfordshire Development Centre (HDC) provides first class conference, training and meeting room facilities for Hertfordshire County Council staff and other customers.


Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage is now CLOSED

We open again on Monday at 8am

Later finish times may be available by request
Opening hours
Monday: 8am - 5pm
Tuesday: 8am - 5pm
Wednesday: 8am - 5pm
Thursday: 8am - 5pm
Friday: 8am - 5pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed


What can we offer?

  • 1 Conference Hall with a delegate capacity of up to 250 people
  • 4 large rooms with a delegate capacity of 48
  • 2 medium rooms with a delegate capacity of 32
  • 5 small rooms with a delegate capacity of 24
  • In house catering services
  • In-built audio-visual equipment in all rooms
  • Administrative and technical support throughout the day
  • Breakout area with hot drink and snack vending machines


We have eleven rooms available for hire. All our rooms feature air-conditioning, natural daylight, and integrated AV equipment. Take a look at our floor plan.

Room hire prices for Hertfordshire County Council staff are available on the staff intranet.

Layout Options

Mini Boardroom - Our standard layout, rooms will be set as mini board room if no other layout is requested. The room will be set with 6 chairs/delegate per table, facing forward.

Semi-circle of chairs - Chairs only, no tables. 

Boardroom - A closed or u-shaped boardroom, we have a set of tabletop microphones available for hire, if required. Contact us to discuss options.

Room hire prices

Prices excluding VAT

Type of room

Number of rooms

Room capacity

(max. no. of delegates)

Half day* price per room

(Mon to Fri)

Full day price per room

(Mon to Fri)

Full day

price per room (Saturday)


The Oak room  






Large training room






Medium training rooms






Small training rooms






A half day booking is either 8.30am to 12.30pm or 1pm to 5pm.

Half day bookings that go beyond or start before 12.30pm will be charged as a full day.

Rooms are available to book on a per day basis only. The training centre opens at 8am Monday to Friday; there will be no access to rooms before this time. Consideration should be given to setup and preparation time for the trainer/s before the arrival of delegates and the start of your event. All events should be finished by 5pm. If your event is due to last less than a full day you will still be charged the single, full day rate.

Each room can safely accommodate two trainers in addition to delegates, The Standard set up for each room will be Mini Boardroom.

Room Pricing and Layouts (PDF 3.37MB)


Equipment included in the price your room booking

All of our rooms are equipped with:

  • Wi-fi
  • LCD projector
  • mounted laptop
  • DVD and CD players
  • microphones
  • interactive white boards
  • help from our audio visual technicians at any time.

You can hire additional equipment or dedicated technical support for the day, including laptops, voting systems and headsets. Technician and equipment hire prices.

To book additional equipment or technical support:
Email our technical support officer
Call 01438 844785.


Catering and hospitality

We offer a wide range of catering hospitality throughout the day with options to take your refreshments in the training rooms, breakout areas or staff restaurant. To discover the range of hospitality available to you when you use our facilities have a look at our catering brochure detailing a range of set packages. We are always happy to discuss your individual needs and put together a menu tailored to suit you and your delegates, whatever the event.

Directions and parking

Free parking is available at Robertson House, access via Six Hills Way.

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Contact us

If you have any questions, email our centre management team or call 01438 845114.


Terms and Conditions

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