The International Convention Centre is a major conference venue in central Birmingham, England. Percy Thomas Partnership and Renton Howard Wood Levin designed the building and started the construction in 1987. The site was opened on June 12, 1991 by Queen Elizabeth II. Funds of £49.7 million were provided by the European Council. The total cost of construction was £200 million. The façade of the building is covered in blue tinted windows and white stone cladding. Inside the building, numerous connecting bridges and walkways line the atrium overhead. The ICC has a capacity of 3,700 delegates. The building was the focal point for the G8 summit meeting of world leaders in 1998.