The venue, due to reopen in autumn 2015, is now open for bookings. Significant enhancements are being made throughout the venue, including its flagship event space, the Riverside Suite, which will be increased incapacity by over 25 per cent.
The venue is also investing in a number of engineering and technology exhibits that will be showcased as visitors enter the building, including a digital chandelier and interactive video wall. There will also be a ‘100 ways engineering has changed the world’ exhibit, which is being voted for by IET members.
Sean Spencer, Venues and Facilities Manager, IET Venues, said: “This refurbishment is the biggest transformation Savoy Place has undergone since the 1950s and our vision for the venue is very much being realised. IET London: Savoy Place has become known for its prestige, facilities and commitment to first class customer service and with this overhaul we will be able to continue to please our customers, by delivering a venue that meet their present and future needs.”
IET London: Savoy Place spans across three floors with the top floor will now be given almost in its entirety to an enlarged, improved and redefined Riverside Suite. This will allow delegates to have more options such as custom-staging, lighting, dance floors and mobile bars to accompany their events. The Heritage Library makes a welcomed new addition to the first level, with ceiling-to-floor windows and direct access to new riverside balconies - two features that will allow visitors to appreciate stunning views of London’s skyline.
The main lecture theatre will boast the very latest AV and technology throughout, including capabilities for virtual events. By shaping building design to achieve BREEAM accreditation (target is to reach a Very Good rating), the environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings, the new venue will also help event organisers deliver more sustainable events.
The venue began its refurbishment 12 months ago and has since undergone its biggest structural transformation since 1950, creating a superb technologically advanced and energy efficient venue in the Capital.
Due to re-open in autumn 2015, the team will be previewing its revamped venue at next week’s Square Meal Venue and Events conference at Old Billingsgate and releasing the full series of images to whet delegates’ appetite. The team at IET London: Savoy Place, will taking bookings for 2015 and previewing the full collection of CGI images of the revamped venue on stand D10 at Square Meal Venue and Events.