IET London: Savoy Place re-engineered for events

IET London: Savoy Place has hosted 40 events in the first month since it opened its doors for external events, its event managers report, following a two-year and £30m redevelopment at the venue.

After receiving the keys to the building on 3 December, the venue, on London’s Embankment, has hosted a range of events, including for up to 400 delegates.

The investment has resulted in “an inundation of enquiries”, according to the events team.

Savoy Place’s events business booked in for 2016 include clients in the gaming, telecommunication, construction, legal, publishing and professional societies association sector.

Two new auditoriums are part of the new offer for the New Year, with a combined capacity of over 600, a second lecture theatre, enlarged riverside suite, boardrooms, roof terrace, and a ‘sesame lift’ at the front of the building, which enables the stone steps to retract automatically for wheelchair access.

A series of digital exhibits throughout the venue were unveiled earlier in the year and are now on display. Highlighting the IET’s engineering history, they include ‘100 engineering ideas that changed the world’ and stairwell sculptures.

Digital displays including a futuristic digital chandelier hung in the reception and live video walls on the second floor, can be personalised for large events and connected to live comment feeds.

Simon Timmis, senior marketing manager at IET Venues & Events says: “It’s been a busy start since we opened, it has been over two years in the making, and a lot of people have worked incredibly hard to make this possible. We wanted to design a venue with the future in mind, by investing in our technology infrastructure we have the capacity to adapt with the changing requirements of our delegates and event organisers.”

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