Savoy Place is now set to close for refurbishment on 19 July 2013. Find out more here.
IET London: Savoy Place provides a high quality venue for members and clients, but its layout, functionality and infrastructure could be improved.
In 2011, our Board of Trustees commissioned an investigation into options for a refurbishment of Savoy Place. From three potential options it decided to move forward with a project feasibility study to consider a full modernisation of the building’s core service facilities.
The project feasibility study continued throughout 2012. Our project team focused on defining the IET’s future requirements for the building, and further developing the potential scheme in consultation with architects and the relevant planning authorities.
At the end of 2012 a ‘design freeze’ came into effect on certain aspects of the upgrade project, to enable more cost certainty going forward.
At its meeting in early February 2013, the IET Board of Trustees considered input from Council and the Finance & Investment Committee, before approving the project to move onto the construction phase. This means that a series of removal and relocation procedures for the building will now commence, ahead of its expected closure on 19 July 2013.
More information is available on this General FAQs page (access for IET members only).
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has offered to provide a temporary London home for the IET from mid-2013 for the duration of the two year project, at its headquarters in One Birdcage Walk.
The temporary co-location of the IET and the IMechE at One Birdcage Walk will enable the IET to retain a London presence and maintain its event portfolio and facilities for members.
In addition, sharing the building will also allow the two Institutions to pursue closer working, for the good of the engineering profession.