The construction of the Hall was carried out by a joint Sri Lankan and Chinese workforce with a considerable portion of the exquisite building materials being imported from China. In 1998 a small Exhibition Centre was built on the grounds, once again a gift from the People’s Republic of China it is named the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Centre.
With over 16,000 square feet (93,000 m²) of space, the BMICH is located in the Cinnamon Gardensarea in the heart of Colombo. An up-to-date library with volumes of literature on almost all subjects is available for the use of research for delegates visiting the BMICH. To facilitate with banking and postal needs, a Bank and a Postal Office are located on the Ground floor. Due to the high profile events taking place within the venue the Sri Lanka Police maintains a permanent detachment and the Mount Lavinia Hotel has a restaurant. The Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Centre has floor area covering 4500 sq. m. consists of two exhibition halls, lobby, dining room, lounge, kitchen and other amenities.
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