Situated on the University of Warwick campus on the Coventry/Warwickshire border, Radcliffe was officially opened by the Rt. Hon Lord Scarman in 1986.
The training and conference venue has hosted a range of diverse events in the last 30 years, including the Labour Party Conference and FA Coaching Courses and has welcomed well-known faces such as Germaine Greer, Gordon Brown, Jason Manford, Paul Gascoigne and Sven Goran Eriksson.
Three current staff members – Julian Obremski (Night Porter), Steve Dorrington (Reception) and Ellen Irvine (Kitchen) – have worked at the venue for the last 30 years and have witnessed significant changes which have enhanced the facilities at Radcliffe, many of which are a direct response to client feedback. These include a refurbishment of the 154 bedrooms as part of a £1 million investment, additional lecture rooms and syndicate rooms, and a refurbishment of the dining room, which provides dining for up to 220 guests.
The upcoming refurbishment at Radcliffe, which is set to commence in 2017, is part of Warwick Conferences ongoing commitment to enhancing its facilities and improving the events solutions on offer for clients. Plans are currently being finalised, but work will include a full electrical rewire, a new heating system, refurbishment of the bedroom bathrooms, public bathrooms and meeting and syndicate rooms, new external windows and a lounge refurbishment.
Rachael Bartlett, head of sales and marketing at Warwick Conferences, says: “It is fantastic to be celebrating Radcliffe’s 30th anniversary this year. Radcliffe has been the venue of choice for many companies over the years hosting a range of meetings, training sessions and events.
“We’re dedicated to continuously improving the event facilities and solutions we offer our clients and the investment in Radcliffe plays an important role in our ongoing commitment to enhance our facilities. The next few years are set to be very busy and exciting as we look ahead to this extensive refurbishment at Radcliffe, as well as the opening of our new £5.3m blank canvas venue in autumn this year.”