The Crystal, at Royal Victoria Dock, was named Best Conference Venue for up to 300 delegates at the seventh annual Conference Awards (held on Friday 1 July).
The awards are organised by the Global Conference Network, which brings together professionals from a range of industries for summits, roundtables and training with a view to facilitating best practice within the conference sector.
Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events, the Crystal’s official hospitality and catering provider, played a significant part in the Crystal seeing off competition from across the UK to scoop the award – one of 21 categories – with judges praising their “exciting and refreshing approach” and the venue’s “great tech/sustainability.”
The Crystal is one of the world’s most sustainable buildings - the first to simultaneously hold the Platinum accreditation in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Outstanding accreditation in Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) – and is part of Siemens’ Sustainable Cities Initiative.
Along with a range of conference and events spaces, including eight naturally lit meeting rooms and a 270 seat auditorium, it is home to a unique, interactive exhibition on the future of the cities of today, which can also be hired privately for receptions or events.
Other citations from the judging panel included, “One to watch. I will definitely be checking out this venue,” and “a highly technologically-led venue with efficiency and resource management at its heart.”
“We are absolutely delighted to have won this award, which is one of the sector’s most prestigious accolades,” said sales manager, Rhiannon Thomas.
“The Crystal, which also offers clients a number of summer and festive packages, is very much a pioneer in sustainability and it’s great that it has been recognised in this way.”