Warwick Conferences, the collection of meeting venues on the University of Warwick campus, has invested £6.5m to refurbish one of its conference and training centres – Radcliffe. The project is being carried out in three phases with the re-opening set for September 2017.
Warwick Conferences prides itself on the little details, which is why it has incorporated a number of new elements into its dedicated conference and distraction-free venue Radcliffe, to improve the customer experience and create an environment that sparks collaboration and creativity.
In September 2017, visitors and delegates will experience a completely revamped bar and lounge area, featuring a new modern design, which is both aesthetically pleasing and sustainable. With heating and ventilation modifications, and PATA upgrades, the refurbishment will not only enhance the delegate experience, but will also create an eco-friendly environment.
Full replacement of external windows which now satisfy Approved Document L classification, will achieve an improved thermal conductance (U-value) of 1.6, while modern double-glazed units will help reduce energy usage through improved thermal performance and light transmittance.
The venue’s flexible meeting spaces have also been given a makeover, with the carpets, walls, skirting boards, doors, architraves and ceilings being replaced to create a relaxed atmosphere where ‘anything is possible’.
The intention behind this new refurbishment is to help delegates feel inspired – with the organisation seeking to create spaces and communal areas that stimulate creativity and provide opportunities for exchange and collaboration between creative minds from diverse professional spheres.
Richard Harrison, head of conference and training centres, says: “Investing in providing even more effective facilities that continue to satisfy and surpass the needs of our clients is a huge priority for us, as well as ensuring we provide the highest levels of service to every guest. In light of this we are currently carrying out a £6.5m refurbishment at Radcliffe, which is due for reopening in September 2017. This will enable us to deliver enhanced meeting experiences for up to 180 delegates within the venue, meeting an increased demand for small to medium-sized conferences. We have a fantastic team who take considerable pride in the service they offer guests, and work incredibly hard to ensure their every need is taken care of.”
The refurbishment also means Radcliffe now meets the standards of best practice defined by BREEAM, the Water Technology List and the Water Efficient Product Labelling scheme to save up to 52% of water.