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Unique Venues of London take on sustainability

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 15:15

At Unique Venues of London, we understand how important a role sustainability plays in the events industry. Our venues are very proud to be implementing internal change and have inspired us with the ways they are evolving on their journey to becoming more sustainable.

Museum of London

The Museum of London boasts a number of green roofs, meaning the building is partially covered with vegetation or some kind of planting. Some of our more noticeable green roofs cover a number of corporate hire spaces – the Terrace Rooms. Green roofs release oxygen, filter pollutants and insulate the building against cold & heat. They insulate sound, as soil blocks low frequencies and plants block high frequencies, and also help to create natural habitats by encouraging biodiversity in the area, which serves to make the rooms feel tranquil in an urban setting. On a more practical note our green roof also hides our Rainwater Harvesting system. The water we harvest goes through filters to clean it and then gets reused in the toilets in the lunch space, the restaurant and Terrace Rooms.

ArcellorMittal Orbit

We are committed to sustainable design and build and 60 % of the 2000 tonnes of steel used in the construction of the ArcelorMittal Orbit came from scrap metal. The Last Drop building was designed to achieve a high building sustainability rating. We have an environmental management system, ISO 14001, and strive for continuous improvement. The grounds around the ArcelorMittal Orbit are watered with harvested rainwater from the centralised pumping station in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. To minimise the environmental impact of our catering services we use sustainable products, including locally supplied and Fairtrade, wherever possible. We work actively with the catering team to maximise recycling and reduce waste.

Hampton Court Palace

With the hottest summer on record behind us, we’re looking to see how events at Hampton Court Palace can be made more sustainable. With the perfect conference venue on site as well as the dramatic palace venues for an evening gala dinner, we’re encouraging clients to reduce their guest’s mileage by keeping their entire event on site. Host a conference for up to 180 guests within The Garden Room at Hampton Court Palace and then invite your guests to dine within the stunning tudor Great Hall. Reducing transport not only reduces emissions but can cut costs thus giving you the chance to spend your budget elsewhere.

Royal College of Physicians

The Royal College of Physicians has recently received Carbon Trust Standard certification following a reduction of 30% in our total carbon footprint over the past 3 years. We have also switched electricity provision entirely to 100% renewable energy and use environmentally responsible suppliers and service partners. Sustainability is an important factor and a key consideration for conference organisers and planners and so we are delighted and very proud to be the first Royal College to be recognised for our achievements in reducing our own carbon footprint and environmental impact on the planet.