Barbican launches £644k event space refurbishment

Over 250 guests celebrated with The Barbican’s events team the launch of the London venue’s refurbished Frobisher Rooms and Level 4 area. The Barbican has invested £644,000 on the refurbishments as part of a wider £2.2m development of the Centre.

The new-look spaces were showcased at the #FabulouslyBarbican event on Halloween, where organisers and agents, including from BBC, Vodafone, HBAA and Capita, had a chance to see the facilities first-hand via a special guided tour, peppered with food and drink stations staffed by the venue’s caterers Searcys.

“We want to strengthen the connection between the Centre’s main conference and meeting facilities with its art spaces and the event certainly helped us showcase these developments, in particular the way the spaces flow together and create a seamless event experience,” said head of events at the Barbican Jackie Boughton. “The idea of our Fabulously Barbican evening was to give guests a real taste of what they could expect from hosting a meeting, conference or event at the Centre. It was a wonderful night and it was great to network with some of the industry’s finest professionals. The success of the evening certainly shows the Barbican is a much-loved venue and I’m very excited that these developments will offer even more to the events offering here.”

The event started in the Conservatory Terrace on Level 4 and finished in the Conservatory with networking and food and drink from Searcys.

Victoria Morrison, Gorkana’s head of events and marketing manager commented: “Coming to the Barbican feels special, it is steeped in the arts and history. Coming here is not like any other event, it is a special moment in time and not just because it is an architect’s paradise. We use it regularly for events as the auditorium is one of the best and largest in the City. We trust the people, in fact the staff make it what it is and we will continue to return, particularly after the refurbishment which has added significant value to the product.”

Edward Poland, co-founder of Hire Space added: “The refurbishment has added a real element of sophistication and we expect to return time and again with a variety of clients from the professional services, retail, legal and marketing sectors.”

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