With technology at the forefront, Dorothy Hodgkin lecture theatre has undergone complete refurbishment giving a modern, airy feel to its key conference space. With the latest AV technology installed this great space has new LED lighting designed to provide the perfect learning environment whilst maximising energy and carbon savings. To complement the auditorium, two new meeting rooms have been added, making Dorothy Hodgkin a perfect self-contained venue within the university campus with a mix of tiered and flat floor space for conference organisers.
Chancellor's Central (formerly Chancellor’s Building Exhibition Suite) has undergone refurbishment responding to feedback from both the student population and conference delegates to deliver bright, open spaces suitable for anything from a quiet seated area to catch up to an extensive business exhibition and networking area. As the largest teaching facility on the Keele University Campus, conference and event organisers can now host their events all under the Chancellor’s Central roof. Conference and teaching space are complemented by a range of open plan refreshment and relaxation areas, a choice of catering options and an extensive exhibition area perfect for business networking events.
Emma Woodcock, Head of Event and Business Development commenting on the initial feedback from clients looking to host their events this summer said: “When we heard of the planned refurbishment of Chancellor’s, we were thrilled about the new plans and were excited to launch these modern vibrant spaces into our conference portfolio. The feedback from our clients has been fantastic and we have some exciting events coming up over the summer months, showing the versatility of this newly designed event space.”
Completing the trio of projects is the development of 453 brand new ensuite bedrooms on campus. Barnes is one of the student accommodation blocks which, during the summer is used for residential conferences and summer schools. The new design was influenced by the students talking about how they would like to see the space and key elements they would like to have in their accommodation. The new blocks consist of a number of flats, with large communal area so guests can socialise and relax together. Each bedroom has its own ensuite shower room, double bed, plenty of storage and desktop work space. For conference and event organisers, there is also the flexibility of a choice of inclusive conference packages to suit client budgets and requirements.
Keele University who won Outstanding Leadership Team of the year at the Green Gown Awards for Sustainability, have included many features which supports Keele University Events and Conferencing Green Tourism Silver accreditation.
The investment into the campus facilities positions Keele University Events and Conferencing as a premier venue within the academic sector which is underpinned by their membership to Venues of Excellence and Academic Venue Solutions. The new facilities will be featured on the Keele University Events and Conferencing Stand (Stand 13) at the Academic Venue Showcase Show on Tuesday 19thMarch at the ILEC Conference Centre, London.