The Barbican Centre
Environmentally friendly conferences in the heart of London
A recent IMEX poll shows a considerable rise in the application of environmental strategies to MICE venues. For many MICE specialists, choosing a meeting destination which prioritises its environmental responsibilities is simply seen as an extension of their own business practices and environmental strategies.
This trend has brought an increase in competition for the creation of greener meeting destinations, and one of Europe's leading is the Barbican Centre. Based in the heart of London, the centre has focused much of its environmental strategy on renewable energy sources and waste management, and provides one of the most exceptional examples of how to integrate energy efficient technology with state of the art conferencing facilities.
Barbican Centre – Unique and versatile conferences
The Barbican Centre is Europe's largest multi-arts and conference venue and London's largest purpose built auditorium conference venue. Situated in the heart of the City of London amongst famous historical landmarks such as St Paul's Cathedral, the centre offers a wealth of space for conferences, exhibitions, banquets and corporate entertainment, in addition to being the London home of the London Symphony Orchestra. The only arts centre in the UK to incorporate all the arts under one roof. With a concert hall, two theatres, two galleries and three cinemas, the Barbican has a programme of unrivalled variety with 2,500 events per year.
Barbican has a wide range of facilities for between 15 and 2000 delegates. Barbican Hall seats 500-2000 in three raked tiers which provide excellent sight lines, and Barbican Theatre seats 300-1160. Three presentation cinemas accommodate 80-280 people and feature air-conditioning, their own projection room and in-house technical facilities. A flexible range of smaller suites are available for groups of 10-170 people and feature natural daylight, 4m high ceilings, air conditioning, built in projection screens and data projectors. A wide range of banqueting facilities for up to 500 people, including a tropical conservatory and a Garden Room with views over the church of St. Giles Cripplegate complement these extensive conference facilities.
Corporate hospitality opportunities include private cinema screenings and exclusive galley viewings, as well as an annual season of International Theatre and a breathtaking array of contemporary and classical concerts.
Barbican, Moorgate and Liverpool Street stations are all within easy walking distance. Delegates arriving by car and coach will find the Barbican Centre well sign-posted around the city, and can park in one of the 450+ spaces in 4 NCP car parks on site.
The Barbican has taken significant steps to address environmental and sustainability issues arising from its business operations. To date, some of the initiatives successfully implemented include:
• Sourcing 55% of electrical energy contracts from renewable/green contracts, resulting in an annual CO2 reduction of 315 tonnes pa
• Redesigning Barbican Hall's ventilation system, resulting in a 30% reduction in AHU sizing and energy, compared to original design.
• Sourcing heating and cooling for the Centre from a high efficiency Combined Heat & Power system. This equates to a saving of 2,700 tonnes annual reduction in CO2 emissions when compared with conventional generation systems
• An extensive policy of waste management to reduce, reuse and recycle. This scheme has resulted in Barbican being awarded the Clean City Platinum award in January 2009.
Paper, cardboard, newspaper, magazines
Mobile phones to Oxfam/guide dogs for the blind.
Fluorescent Tubes-the Barbican has a crushing machine that separates the recallable material
Postage Stamps to British Kidney Association
Level Arch files, wood etc to the Hackney School scrap project
12 volt Batteries
Toner Cartridges - office green (various charities benefit)
Reading glasses - Vision Aid Charity
Lost Property-shelter charity
Computers - Chiltern Electronics
Plastic milk bottle tops - Naomi house Children's Hospice
Recycling has enabled us to reduce the lifts on the compactor from 5 per week to 2 per week and the skip from 5 per week to 3 per week.
From the 1st of April 2004 to the 31st March 2005 we recycled 20 tons of mixed paper and cardboard saving 3,364 trees
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For more information on meetings and conferences at Barbican, please contact the Barbican Centre at Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS, United Kingdom.
Tel: +44 (0) 207 638 4141
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.barbican.org.uk
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