IET London: Savoy Place update

Latest news on the refurbishment of the IET’s London home.

IET London: Savoy Place

The IET’s historic London home, Savoy Place, closed for an exciting two-year refurbishment project in July 2013.

Following the closure, the building was fully stripped out, revealing some previously hidden original features including high ceilings, archways and fireplaces.

At the beginning of 2014, the IET announced the award of the main works building contract for the project to Gilbert-Ash Limited. Work commenced on site in January and is due to complete in mid 2015.

Plans for the new build

The plans for the building will see much-loved architectural features, including the main lecture theatre and heritage library, retained. At the same time, the building’s layout will be reinvigorated, with new passenger lifts and a new space on the second floor named the Faraday Centre.

This facility will provide a café/bar, networking lounge and knowledge and library services. The second floor will also include a new 180-seat lecture theatre, which will be built above the existing ground floor theatre.

Where possible, new window designs will capitalise on the building’s excellent views of London and upgrades in IT and AV functionality will also be key to the success of the project.

Delivering ‘benefits in use’

Since the project began, a team of IET volunteers and staff has been working to ensure that it delivers an enhanced experience for users of the building. They have been surveying IET members and have run a series of focus groups.

Key recommendations accommodated within the plans for the building are an expansion of its café facilities to include a varied selection of meal options, integration of a members’ bar and ideas on managing bookings and guest visits.

New discounted pricing structure

The IET have recently announced a new pricing structure which gives priority to engineering events taking place in the newly refurbished building, which also extends to our regional venues: IET Birmingham: Austin Court and IET Glasgow: Teacher Building. As a valued IET Partner you could benefit from a very special discount off venue hire.

All of our venues are tailored to the engineering community – making them perfect for your plans. Combining historical features with state-of-the-art technology, each caters for a range of events, from lectures in custom-built auditoriums to training courses, seminars and much more.

To find out more about the discount available to you, call us on +44 (0) 207 3445479 or visit