Barbican to showcase sustainable spring makeover

Barbican to showcase sustainable spring makeover

Barbican to showcase sustainable spring makeover of conference facilities at IMEX 2023

The Business Events team at London’s Barbican Centre will be showcasing the latest sustainable upgrades and refurbishment work to its Frobisher event spaces during IMEX 2023.

With a high-profile line-up of client events scheduled over the coming months, the spring makeover is poised to offer an enhanced experience for attendees.

The Frobisher event spaces boast contemporary designs, with a clean and modern look that enhances the venue’s reputation as a leading venue for conferences, meetings and events for clients from corporates, associations and the not-for-profit sector.  Across a series of different spaces, the venue is capable of holding up to 750 attendees across the whole of the Barbican’s 4th floor conference suite.

The refurbishment work includes recarpeting throughout the whole of the Frobisher suite, including the Frobisher Rooms, Frobisher Hub, Frobisher Lounge and corridors. This has been done using a Milliken carpet, which is carbon neutral and made from recycled yarns and materials.  In addition to its sustainable credentials, the new carpet will also greatly improve acoustics throughout.

All the rooms have seen significant investment in state-of-the-art AV equipment.  This includes new HD projectors, which will provide greater image clarity with vivid brightness and clear contrast.  The new projectors also benefit from ultra-low noise operation, whilst being more sustainable thanks to low power consumption and eco filters.

Rounding off the works and adding significantly to the Barbican’s sustainability credentials are upgrades to the lighting and LEDs as well as the heating system throughout the Frobisher suite.  In particular, an air source heat pump will replace inefficient electric fan and storage heaters that have been used historically. The changes will provide year-round comfort for delegates.

Speaking on the refurbishment, Head of Event Management at the Barbican, Lee Dobson, said: “A new carpet and heating systems are not necessarily the most high-profile refurbishment work but represent significant investment and are vital to the Barbican’s ability to maintain its place as a leader in sustainable conferencing.  This work, alongside the AV upgrades ensure the spaces are not just comfortable but also industry leading, making them perfect for the thousands of attendees that make use of the Barbican’s conference facilities each month.”

The Barbican is London’s creative catalyst for arts, curiosity, and enterprise. It will be showcasing the Frobisher’s spring makeover as well as its many other creative event spaces at IMEX 2023 on stand F440.


About Barbican Business Events

The Barbican is one of the world’s leading conference and international arts venues. Located in the City of London, it is capable of holding meetings from 10-2,000 delegates in its fully equipped concert hall, theatres, conference suites and boardrooms. Barbican Business Events brings together the venue’s expertise in the arts and corporate meetings.

Built as part of London’s Barbican development and officially opened in March 1982 by HM Queen Elizabeth, unlike many other venues, Barbican was specifically built with the dual purpose of holding conferences and arts events presenting a diverse range of art, music, theatre, dance, film and creative learning.

The Barbican’s Business Events team contributes to the venue’s future success. To make the most of the Barbican’s rich culture and heritage, Barbican Business Events was created to bring together their expertise in three very different areas – the arts, creative learning and corporate business. This approach to corporate events is based on stronger, more in-depth partnerships with their artistic, creative learning and development teams in order to bring more creativity and rich content to events.

About the Barbican

A world-class arts and learning organisation, the Barbican pushes the boundaries of all major art forms including dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts. Its creative learning programme further underpins everything it does. Over a million people attend events annually, hundreds of artists and performers are featured, and more than 300 staff work onsite. The architecturally renowned centre opened in 1982 and comprises the Barbican Hall, the Barbican Theatre, The Pit, Cinemas 1, 2 and 3, Barbican Art Gallery, a second gallery The Curve, public spaces, a library, the Lakeside Terrace, a glasshouse conservatory, conference facilities and three restaurants. The City of London Corporation is the founder and principal funder of the Barbican Centre.

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