Conference News March 2019 - Page 12

12 Venue Tips Top sustainable London venues Right: 15 Hatfields Bottom left: Here East Emily Morbey, MD at Miss London Concierge, goes green with some of London’s top eco-friendly venues Choosing the right venue is key for any event planner. While the right atmosphere is paramount, there is increasing need for venues to meet certain sustainability standards. To identify a ‘green venue’ look for three characteristics: green certifications, waste diversion initiatives, and sustainable sourcing commitments. London is home to several great event venues that are making the leap to a sustainable lifestyle. Here are just a few of my top picks: Bottom right: The Crystal Here East Here East is a unique meetings and events space ideal for cultural, conference and dining events for up to 1,000 people. Whether you’re planning an indoor or outdoor event, an innovation talk, a pop-up market or a night of networking, Here East has several versatile spaces to accommodate your needs. This stand out venue is BREEAM certified, is fitted with solar panels to reduce carbon footprint and has a roof that collects rainwater for use on premises. The Crystal The Crystal claims to be one of the world’s most sustainable events venues and has 14 fully flexible spaces with full AV support and award-winning catering options. Boasting panoramic views over the Royal Victoria Docks and a state-of-the-art 270-seat auditorium, this venue can cater for product launches, informal events, AGMs, corporate conferences and Christmas parties. Designed by award-winning architects Wilkinson Eyre and opened to the www.conference-news.co.uk public in 2012, The Crystal’s architecture draws inspiration from the many sides of a crystal, showcasing state of the art technologies to generate its own energy, including rainwater harvesting, black water treatment and solar heating. 15 Hatfields 15 Hatfields is another one of London’s most sustainable venues. Situated near London’s Southbank, the venue offers flexible and contemporary spaces best suited for meetings and conferences and with a capacity of up to 750, also lends itself perfectly for receptions and product launches. 15 Hatfields continue to raise the bar in sustainable practice in the events industry and is forever adding to its long list of credentials and achievements for sustainability.