The £30m two-year refurbishment at IET London: Savoy Place will include an additional lecture theatre, room expansions and a transformation of the building’s layout. It will also include a number of new facilities to cater for virtual and interactive events.
The new Faraday Centre will feature networking facilities such as a members’ lounge and an interactive media hub and knowledge centre.
The third floor will be dedicated to the venue’s flagship Riverside Suite, increasing its current capacity by more than 50%.
The venue’s library will feature prominently within a new member media hub, and plans for a new event area with outside space are also underway.
Since the refurbishment began in August 2013, some of the venue’s original marble and mahogany features have been restored. English Heritage has also assisted the refurbishment team in handling the Tudor foundations uncovered in the basement during the first phase of the refurbishment.
The venue is due to re-open in autumn 2015.
Sean Spencer, venues and facilities manager at IET Venues, said: "Our flagship London home has become known for its prestige, facilities and location and this major refurbishment demonstrates our commitment to keeping this much-loved event space relevant to members and customers so that it continues to meet their changing needs.
"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 will desire, as we strive to deliver a venue that is fit for purpose for the next 100 years."
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