Top 10 Sustainable Venues in the UK
It’s the responsibility of event organisers and managers to create truly sustainable events. This all starts with one of the most important decisions in the event planning process: selecting a venue.
Take a look at the top 10 sustainable venues in the UK where you should host your next green event.
The Treehouse is driven by a biophilic ethos, connecting with nature through the design of this stunning venue. Constructed with recycled materials, the Treehouse boasts a rooftop bar and a 15th floor restaurant, both operating on a seasonal menu using locally sourced ingredients.
Ham Yard Hotel, London
Bright and colourful, the Ham Yard Hotel brings a homely feel to sustainable venues. The 91 bedrooms, spa, specialty store, cinema and rooftop bar all draw power from the venue’s CHP units and solar panels.
Chewton Glen, Hampshire
Nestled at the edge of the New Forest, Chewton Glen spans across 130 biodiverse acres. This land cultivates produce used in the hotel’s restaurant menu and cookery school. Chewton Glen also plays host to over 50 beehives, helping to stimulate the local ecosystem.
Heckfield Place, Hampshire
Heckfield Place is where sustainability meets grandeur. The seasonal dining experience is made possible by the hotel farm, the produce from which takes centre stage on the restaurant menus. This, in addition to the venue’s own biomass energy centre and LED lighting, makes Heckfield Place the eco-conscious answer to five star venues.
The Pig at Combe, Devon
Furnished with upcycled antiques, The Pig at Combe makes considerable effort to reuse any sources of waste generated across the hotel. Coffee grounds from the hotel fertilise the hotel farm and garden, which creates nearly 3.4 tonnes of produce each year.
Wellcome Collection Conference Centre, London
There’s a reason why this London based venue was a finalist for The Best Sustainability Initiative at the 2019 London Venue Awards. The Wellcome Collection conference centre has adopted a zero to landfill waste policy, as well as a food waste management system which is largely responsible for their 7.7tonne drop in Co2 emissions.
ICC Wales, Newport
With woodland views and natural light incorporated throughout the design of the venue, the ICC Wales features outdoor meeting spaces perfect for bringing nature to your event. Free reusable water bottles are offered throughout the building alongside recycling points, the collection from which are sent to power low carbon electricity across South Wales.
Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC)
The EICC works in collaboration with the clients who use this venue, providing each event with an Event Impact Report focusing on the societal, environmental and economic sustainability of the event. The EICC has also promised to offset their carbon footprint by supporting local peatland projects.
The British Medical Association, London
The winner of “The Greenest Venue” at the Hirespace awards in 2018, the BMA focuses their sustainable efforts on reducing the carbon footprint of their 500 staff, starting the ‘corporate sustainability and health group’ and ‘take the stairs campaign’. These efforts have reduced their carbon footprint by over two thirds and saved 5.4million tonnes of water waste a year.
The Crystal, London
Recently labelled London’s new City Hall, The Crystal sits within the sustainably regenerated Royal Docks. Hosting the country’s largest exhibition on sustainability, The Crystal achieved a platinum LEED rating and produces 70% fewer carbon emissions than similarly sized buildings.
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