Glaziers Hall, a Grade II-listed central London conference venue, has announced the start of a £2m renovation that will see it boost capacity by a third and take on a modern new look ahead of the festive period.
Specialist heritage architects have been brought in to renovate 200-year old building famed for its stained glass on the banks of the River Thames. LYN Atelier and Demant Cole Design have been briefed to incorporate the building’s original brick walls and wharf-like features. The work will enable Glaziers Hall to increase its floorspace by 33%, thanks to the creation of two new riverside rooms and a state-of-the-art basement level.
The renovated venue will reopen with seven newly decorated rooms this autumn.
The new basement that will feature a wine cellar built into one of London Bridge’s original arches.
Home to three of the City of London’s livery companies, The Worshipful Company of Glaziers, The Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers and The Worshipful Company of Launderers, Glaziers Hall is hoping the renovation will lead to more commercial events at the venue.
The venue already counts Amazon, London Fashion Week and the House of Switzerland as part of the London 2012 Olympics as clients, and the renowned River Room has provided a film location for Bridget Jones’ Baby.
Glaziers Hall hosts around 420 commercial events each year and the venue has been used for press conferences for sports events ranging from the UFC to the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, as well as for product launches for the likes of L’Oreal and Unilever.
Samantha Enstone, MD at Glaziers Hall, said: “We’re confident this ambitious project will breathe new life into Glaziers Hall and strengthen our reputation as a world-class events venue in the heart of London. Glaziers Hall has a fantastic story behind it, and the renovations have been meticulously designed to boost its contemporary vibe while preserving our wonderful heritage.”