IET London: Savoy Place, the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) global headquarters, is currently undergoing a refurbishment programme with plans for an additional lecture theatre, room expansions and a transformation of the building’s layout.
IET says the multi-million pound investment will make IET London: Savoy Place one of the most technologically advanced and low-carbon venues in the capital and will incorporate a number of new facilities to enable more virtual and interactive events. In addition, by shaping structural plans to achieve BREEAM accreditation, the environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings, the new venue will help event organisers deliver more sustainable events.
The IET is home to nearly 160,000 members across 127 countries and the institute says the refurbishment will create a global engineering hub, connecting members and initiatives from around the world to one central location.
When the venue re-opens in autumn 2015, IET London: Savoy Place will have a second lecture theatre, as well as a dedicated floor, the Faraday Centre, for new networking facilities such as a members’ lounge and an interactive media hub and knowledge centre.
The third floor will be dedicated primarily to the venue’s flagship Riverside Suite increasing its current capacity by half. In addition, the venue’s library will feature prominently within the new member media-hub and plans for a new event area complete with outside space are also underway.
“Our flagship London home has become known for its prestige, facilities and location and this major refurbishment demonstrates our commitment to keeping this event space relevant to members and customers so that it continues to meet their changing needs,” says Sean Spencer, Venues and Facilities Manager at IET Venues. “With the institution’s history rooted in pioneering and innovative technology this investment will enable us to offer users the facilities they need now and desire, as we strive to deliver a venue that is fit for purpose for the next 100 years.”
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