THE SUSTAINABILITY AWARD FOR VENUES – UP TO 400 ATTENDEES RECEPTION STYLE
Barge East has been operating in a thoughtful, sustainable and environmentally ethical manner since opening. We practice over 60 different sustainable actions, across all departments and even in the construction and build of our float restaurant and growth of our riverside gardens.
From food to drinks and the space your sitting on have been produced, created and built to minimise impact
As the home of the British Medical Association, BMA House has long recognised the importance of sustainability, the achievement of which has long-term benefits for human health and wellbeing.
In 2019 BMA House commissioned an eco-audit of the venue to evaluate consumption, emissions, waste and usage. The ultimate goal was to gain a true picture of the venue’s environmental status and to subsequently create a carbon descent plan. This plan, called internally the ‘BMA Carbon Neutral Pathway’ outlines clear goals and steps on the journey to becoming carbon zero by 2030. Many initiatives have already been undertaken, leading to a wide variety of accolades and awards. However, BMA House is continuing to look for new ideas and actions that will accelerate its carbon zero journey.
Of particular challenge for BMA House is the nature of the building. As a listed venue there are changes that are physically very difficult, however, we have an emerging estates strategy that will see the building’s infrastructure replaced so that we can substantially reduce our carbon footprint and use energy from 100% renewable sources. This is part of our continued efforts to be the best, measure our results and share best practice with our peers.
IET London: Savoy Place
IET London: Savoy Place is committed to sustainability and reducing its environmental impact. From 100% renewable electricity to our zero-waste policy and sustainable catering options, we strive to provide the best events not just for our clients, but for the environment too.
In 2022, we became one of only a handful of venues to secure the prestigious Greengage ECOsmart Platinum Award. The award reflects the extensive measures we have taken to fully embrace environmental sustainability. We have also achieved the Silver Investors in the Environment Accreditation, and are aiming to achieve ‘Green’ status by 2025.
The building is equipped with energy-efficient lighting, heating and cooling systems, and smart building management systems to ensure energy is used efficiently. Solar panels have been installed on the roof to generate renewable energy, and rainwater harvesting is in place to reduce water consumption. And when it comes to catering, we source sustainable and ethically produced products, and prioritise local suppliers where possible to reduce carbon footprint.
Staff are continually educated in energy-saving best practices. There’s no on-site parking, and people are encouraged to travel by public transport to events, cutting out a key source of emissions entirely.
Lambeth Palace is a historic Palace with a proud heritage of providing hospitality at all levels over the past 900 years.
In this last year, the Palace has seen a number of new events that will go down in history, including the Palace holding the London Day of the decennial Lambeth Conference, welcoming 1500 Church Leaders and dignitaries to Lambeth Palace, working with CHCC to deliver the Foreign & Commonwealth Development Office’s Official Reception to 650 Heads of State following the funeral of Her Late Majesty Elizabeth II, and delivering the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s Reception for the Coronation of Their Majesties, The King and Queen.
Lambeth Palace has a well-established history of sustainable and environmental practice and leads venues across the United Kingdom and internationally in proving that historic venues do not have to choose between preservation of heritage and sustainability.
Ethical and sustainable practices have always been rooted into our ethos. We are proud to be leaders for the historic building community in how we operate with sustainability at our heart. Our practices are guided by our central procurement department, our ethics department and also our onsite sustainability working group.
RCP London Events
The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) is over 500 years old and currently in its fifth home since 1965. This iconic grade 1 listed modern building overlooking Regent’s Park houses an award-winning conference and events centre and offers highly versatile facilities, including tiered auditoriums, conference, meeting, exhibition and dining spaces as well as a medicinal garden and a museum.
Operating in a Grade 1 listed building and as part of an organisation that is over 500 years old is challenging when it comes to sustainability because of the nature of our environment and long history, yet, we are proud to have been awarded green accreditations by professional bodies measuring our venue’s and organisation’s impact on the environment.
From catering to waste management, infrastructure renovations and partnerships with ethical, green and socially-responsible suppliers, we review and improve all operations to ensure sustainability is at the core of everything we do.
The View at the Royal College of Surgeons
Home to the Royal College of Surgeons, sustainability practices have been in place since day one at The View, a versatile events venue in Lincoln’s Inn Field. Reopened in 2021 following a full renovation, the Grade II listed building has been transformed into a state-of-the-art training centre with sustainability at its heart, which runs through from the materials used in the building’s structure to on-site practices.
Recognised for ‘architectural excellence’ by The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in May 2023, the venue received praise for the success of the renovation in modernising the space physically and culturally. This includes 100% of timber materials used were FSC-accredited certified to ensure they meet the highest environmental and social standards, while there are 111 solar panels installed across the building, with sensor-controlled lights in each space to contribute towards energy efficiency.
Furthermore, The View is proud to be able to claim that no waste goes to landfill. Waste is separated into general, recyclable (card/metal/plastic), food and glass, batteries and print toners, which means 98.5% of total waste is recycled at the venue. As a result of these initiatives, we are delighted to announce that we’re on track for BREEAM Excellence Certification.