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Make Venues continues to support UK vaccination programme

Make Venues, in partnership with its parent group, Make UK, has received plaudits across both the hospitality and the manufacturing industries, as the organisation continues its support for the UK-wide Vaccination Programme.

Make Venues, has remained open during the pandemic, supporting the training and development of critical care workers. Most recently, St John Ambulance worked with the business as part of its effort to train thousands of volunteers in support of the Covid Vaccinator Programme.

The programme, which is the largest training programme and deployment of St John resources in its history, was carried out at Engineers’ House, the group’s Bristol-based venue. Working with St John Ambulance, the venue was able to support the organisation in training 1,000 volunteers over a six-week period.

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Woolwich Works – London’s newest event and creative district – announces official launch date

Spanning historic industrial buildings on the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich, London, the landmark new event and culture hub will open its doors on 23 September 2021.

Woolwich Works has transformed five historic Grade II and Grade II listed buildings on the Royal Arsenal into what is set to become a new space for events and the arts. The multi-million-pound council-led project will provide extensive event and conference facilities across seven flexible spaces with a maximum capacity of 1,200 in theatre style.

Woolwich Works will provide events buyers with a creative new space, featuring strong links to the arts and culture. Woolwich Works is easily accessed from central London, docklands, London City Airport and major road networks.

“After a long wait we are ready to welcome people through our doors, conduct site visits and start planning events," said Justicia Adjei, Woolwich Works event sales manager: “Woolwich works has fantastic facilities, great access and creative links that will make it the ideal venue for clients from both the corporate and association sides of the market. Whether it be a dinner, award ceremony, large scale conference or smaller meeting we have the capability to deliver and are particularly lucky to have invested heavily in the technology necessary to run hybrid events.”

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Venue Lab signs exclusive partnership with WeWork

Venue Lab, a Broadwick Group Company, has announced two new spaces will be available to hire for the very first time, at two Central London WeWork locations. Presented in conjunction with WeWork, the leading flexible space provider, The Chapel at Aviation House and 16th Floor at 10 York Road strikes a balance between corporate and private event hire.

Jemma Scott, newly appointed as head of agency at Venue Lab said: “I am thrilled that we are collaborating with WeWork to provide exclusive access to these incredible spaces for private hire events. Venue Lab are the market leaders in developing new and unexplored spaces, growing them into thriving event venues whilst delivering exceptional experiences for our clients. Combining our expertise with WeWork’s varied portfolio is incredibly exciting for everyone.” The Chapel at Aviation House is set inside a Grade II listed building opposite Holborn Tube Station. Self-contained and set across two floors, the upper level provides the ideal space to deliver large-scale presentations, award ceremonies, panel discussions, drinks receptions and off-site meetings for up to 100 guests.

Located next to Waterloo Station, 16th Floor at 10 York Road, sits on the South Bank of the River Thames. WeWork’s flagship office space is high-tech and versatile with sleek, modern furnishings and floor-to-ceiling glass windows. The venue has an outdoor terrace with 180-degree views of the River Thames and London’s skyline.

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Residence Inn by Marriott announced opening of its first hotel in UAE

Residence Inn by Marriott, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary brands, has announced its debut of the longer stay brand in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with the opening of Residence Inn by Marriott Al Jaddaf.

Featuring 134 modern residential suites, many of which boast private terraces and impressive views, Residence Inn by Marriott Al Jaddaf offers travellers a ‘home-away-from-home experience. The spacious studios, one and two-bedroom suites, and three-bedroom duplex suites, all have full kitchens, large bathrooms, serene sleeping areas, and separate living and working spaces. Each well-appointed suite is thoughtfully designed to give guests a sense of openness to live without constraints.

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The Londoner reveals details of its expansive meetings and events facilities

Opening late spring, The Londoner will offer a new stage for business and leisure events and a milestone concept for the MICE industry.

Created by interior designers Yabu Pushelberg, this first-of-its-kind hotel is spread over 16 storeys. Complete with 350 guest rooms, suites and a tower penthouse with panoramic views, two private screening rooms, a mix of six concept eateries - including bars and a tavern, alfresco dining on the ground floor and a contemporary Japanese lounge bar with a rooftop terrace and fire pit - an expansive ballroom suited for any occasion, a variety of meeting spaces, plus The Retreat for wellbeing, this state-of-the-art multifunctional property is suited for any occasion, from private dinners, corporate functions, weddings, presentations and more.

Jason Kitt, director of meetings and events said: “Completely unlike any other hotel, The Londoner’s flexible spaces offer luxury with a London edge and a quality-driven experience. Part of Edwardian Hotels London, being a brilliant Host is our essence and we understand the true value of a genuine and unrivalled experience. With this year once again likely to present a forced change in how business events will occur, the hotel sets a benchmark for digital connectivity with resilient data and communications networks embedded throughout, in order to meet the demands of our digitally driven society today.”

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Hilton London Metropole announces multimillion pound refurbishment

Hilton London Metropole has announced a multimillion-pound refurbishment that will radically transform and upgrade the guest experience.

The 1,096 guestrooms and suites have undergone a striking transformation, beautifully designed with a contemporary and bold aesthetic that reflects different London boroughs. The venue’s four restaurants and bars will be relaunched with exciting new drinking and dining concepts, including an all-day British brasserie, serving locally sourced ingredients, and a new suitably relaxed market-style dining outlet, that celebrates London’s street food scene. The refurbishment will also see the opening of a state-of-the-art 200sqm (2,153sqf) fitness studio.

Extensive renovations are being made to the hotel’s 35 event spaces and meeting rooms, including two dedicated hybrid meeting rooms and three ballrooms, which total over 4,600sqm in size, from the 1,062 sqm Richmond Suite to the Kensington Suite, with its open private foyer and space for up to 1,350 guests. Hilton London Metropole also operates Hilton EventReady with CleanStay, which ensures the hotel delivers event experiences that are clean, flexible, safe and socially responsible. The hotel has embraced the latest in technology to ensure a seamless stay, from upgraded Wi-Fi to the introduction of Digital Key, which allows Hilton Honors members to check in and choose their room using their smartphone via the Hilton Honors app. The renovation celebrates the best of the capital, with the new design weaving the city’s storied history into the hotel. Guests will experience engaging touchpoints from London’s rich heritage, its vibrant art, culture, music and diverse food scene throughout.

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Accor announces first Mondrian property to open in Singapore in 2023

Accor has announced Singapore’s first Mondrian hotel will be built in the heart of the city’s Duxton Hill neighbourhood and is set to open in early 2023.

Mondrian Singapore, a luxury lifestyle hotel comprised of 300 guestrooms and suites, a restaurant, a lounge and a rooftop bar will combine historic architecture from Singapore’s centuries-old shophouses with a new build of modern, contemporary influences.

Chadi Farhat, chief operating officer said: “We are thrilled to bring the iconic Mondrian brand to Singapore’s Duxton Hill neighbourhood. Mondrian is a natural fit for a global destination like Singapore. The property will provide a cultural hub of food and beverage experiences for locals and travellers alike. Mondrian Singapore will be more than a hotel; it will be a destination.”

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Hire Space and Venue Performance announce strategic partnership

Event booking platform Hire Space (hirespace.com) and venue benchmarking platform Venue Performance (venueperformance.com) have announced a strategic partnership aimed at supporting venues in the UK.

The partnership is an effort from both parties to help venues use data to inform decision making, and to use marketing budgets effectively at a time when budgets are stretched. Venues on Hire Space’s Basic and Prime listing plans will receive up to a 15% discount on Venue Performance’s data and analytics service, which supports their decision-making on sales and marketing spend.

The platform provides whole market trends that enable venues to instantly compare key metrics with the wider events sector.

Venues can also compare their own performance with that of their competitors.

Venues already benefiting from the platform include One Great George Street, Founders’ Hall, Law Society, 41 Portland Place, The Kings Fund, The HAC, Woburn House, BMA, IET, 1 Wimpole Street, RSA House, Royal College of Physicians, One Birdcage Walk, Old Royal Naval College, Royal Museums Greenwich and a further 70 venues.

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The Royal College of Music is now available for event hire following £40m building development

Spanning two and a half years, the project has seen a transformation of the world-famous conservatoire, which will be available to hire for events from July 2021.

Clients will enjoy a wide range of spaces for events for up to 400 guests, including performances, exhibitions, receptions, dinners, meetings and conferences. A new vast, light-filled conservatory built from a disused courtyard space leads onto a brand-new RCM museum, housing the College’s collection representing music-making over a period of more than five centuries and two new performance spaces. Designed with the highest standard of music-making in mind, the new performance spaces are purpose-built for performances with sophisticated acoustics and technology.

Famed as a world-leading institution, the Royal College of Music embarked on the ambitious development to open up the Grade-II listed building, expand access and broaden the potential for event planners to maximise the unique atmosphere. Spaces available for hire range from The Britten Theatre, a luxurious tiered auditorium, to the blank-canvas Performance Studio, and wood-panelled Parry Rooms for more intimate events, set against the splendid backdrop of the Royal Albert Hall.

Wolverhampton Civic Halls to reopen for events under new management

City of Wolverhampton Council has landed one of the world’s leading venue operators and concert promoters to run the city’s iconic Civic Halls.

AEG Presents – part of the AEG global sports, entertainment and venue operator family – beat off premier competition to secure the long-term deal. The Civic Halls are due to reopen in early 2022 following a major multi-million-pound refurbishment programme.

Once open, the famous venue will play a key part in the city’s economic recovery and ‘relight’ and will again host leading musical and entertainment acts business events and conferences. It will attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city and boost the local economy by millions of pounds at a vital time.

AEG Presents own and operates more than 40 venues including the iconic Eventim Apollo London, Indigo at the award-winning The O2 arena in London, and the recently announced new live music venue at Olympia London.

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