Eco Friendly Venues in LondonWritten by Paul Sep 05 2014
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Environmentally Friendly Venues London
CSR and sustainability are now integral components of most large companies policies and have made their way into many meetings and events programs. We’re often asked if we have any green venues on our site, well of course we do!
Now as far for environmentally friendly venues go things can get a bit complex. There is no official measure, as such, of proving eco credentials, any venue can claim to be a friend of the environment, they could recycle plastic bottles while simultaneously burning tyres for warmth out back and nothing could be done. There are a few organisations who will certify venues as eco-friendly, they are;
British Standards Institute - They have ISO20121, which is a standard for organising events. It’s profile was raised when the London 2012 committee implemented it to ensure the games were environmentally sound. To be honest it’s quite a complex framework, which is based more around planning of events than running of venues. ISO 14000 is a more appropriate standard for venues to achieve in becoming more eco-conscious during their day-to-day activities.
BREEAM - The award is more to do with how sustainable the building itself is, rather than how the venue runs events. It can be given to new building, for which it considers the sustainability of materials used in construction and the efficiency of the building, and buildings already in use whereby they consider the efficiency of the building and how it can be/has been improved.
Green Tourism Awards - Is a not for profit scheme backed by VisitEngland to accredit and monitor environmentally friendly businesses in the tourism and leisure sector, including many conference and meeting venues. Members are audited on application and every 2 years there after by inspectors who work with them to make improvements throughout the buildings and business. Three awards are available, gold, silver & bronze.
Venues in London with Green Tourism Awards
Brigade - Set in the historic Fire Station building in Tooley Street, London, SE1, Brigade features a bar & bistro, cook school plus a dedicated event and private dining space.
The Crystal - A unique and innovative venue, the Crystal is one of the world’s most sustainable buildings and offers a variety of striking event spaces including a state of the art 270-seat Auditorium and nine multi-purpose meeting rooms with additional break-out areas.
11 Cavendish Sq - Situated in the heart of London’s West End, No.11 Cavendish Square combines period features with contemporary style. Conference suites boasting the latest AV technology providing perfect event spaces for product launches, summer and Christmas parties, gala dinners, weddings, receptions, meetings and conferences.
BMA House - BMA House is a stunning grade II listed building, offering 25 unique event spaces, including two private outdoor areas.
West One - Situated in the heart of the West End, De Vere Venues West One is the ideal London business centre for your meeting, training session or conference.
The Mermaid - At the heart of The Mermaid and key to many events remains the Auditorium. One glimpse and it takes your breath away, The Mermaid is one of London’s best kept secrets, and our pride and joy.
Church House - Church House Conference Centre’s iconic location and history provide an inspirational setting for daytime and evening events. Overlooking Westminster Abbey and Dean’s Yard, the Grade II listed venue offers 19 diverse rooms, a capacity of up to 664, state of the art technology and an award winning in-house events team.
Other environmentally friendly conference and meetings venues recommended by wefindvenues.com;
15 Hatfields - At 15Hatfields we are just as passionate about style as we are about sustainability. Our contemporary and versatile conference and meeting rooms with bespoke state of the art AV facilities are testimony to our commitment of providing flexible and functional venue spaces.
ORTUS - Located near Camberwell ORTUS offers 1500SqM of event space, with 15 configurations, and a great roof terrace offering views across London. The building is complete with solar panels, natural ventilation and a ground source heat pump, all of which leads to a BREEAM 'Excellent' status. Their keen prices and well equipped spaces certainly makes the journey to Zone 2 worthwhile.
106-109 - 106 to 109 is built to BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standards and has received both ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 accreditation, so helping our clients to achieve their Corporate Social Responsibility objectives.
30 Euston Square - This spectacular venue combines Grade II* listed Victorian grandeur with modern event spaces including a 300 seat Auditorium with exhibition space, 18 meeting and training rooms with integrated AV technology, 6 Heritage boardrooms, stunning penthouse State Rooms with Rooftop Terrace ideal for events and celebrations.