By Angela Green, Content Executive, H&C News: The Inner Temple reopens with a focus on sustainability.
London event venue The Inner Temple has reopened its doors following an extensive three-year refurbishment and redevelopment. Located in the heart of London’s legal district between the City and West End, the ambitious renovation includes a new two-floor state-of-the-art 120-seater lecture theatre, eight meeting rooms with built-in audio visual and streaming facilities, and two breakout spaces.
The three-year project has seen the addition of a brand-new fourth floor, containing eight spacious meeting rooms and breakout area, while the third floor has been repurposed to include offices for the Inn’s Education & Training Department. There is also a new 120-seat lecture theatre with additional breakout space, which is fully equipped with built-in AV to stream all lectures into meeting rooms.
Sustainability is a key focus across the venue, with the refurbishment seeing a careful choice of materials to ensure high environmental performance. This included improved thermal insulation, air source heat recovery, sustainable timber use throughout and the use of harvested rainwater for irrigation, plus an improved provision for cycle parking. Overall, the scheme demonstrates a 41% carbon saving over the previous building use.
Blending the new with history, The Inner Temple also boasts a selection of traditional event spaces: the 250-capacity neo-Georgian Hall with chandeliers and oak-panelled walls adorned with historic paintings; the wood-panelled Parliament Chamber with a grand piano and space for up to 155 guests; an award-winning three-acre garden, formerly home to the Royal Horticultural Society’s Spring Flower Show until 1911, and the setting for Henry Arthur Payne’s 1911 painting, ‘Choosing the Red and White Roses in the Temple Gardens’.
With versatility at its heart, spaces host conferences and meetings, as well as celebrations – with the venue fully licensed for weddings and civil partnership ceremonies.
Searcys, official catering partner to The Inner Temple for over 15 years, is providing a selection of event packages and catering options, from events hospitality to running the onsite members’ Pegasus Bar and Restaurant, also available for weekend private hire. Bringing 175 years of experience to The Inner Temple, Searcys’ menus focus on seasonal dishes sourced from local suppliers and reducing food waste.
On the ambitious renovation, Sub-Treasurer of The Inner Temple, Greg Dorey CVO comments: “After three years, we were delighted to reopen the doors to The Inner Temple and our new facilities. The Inn’s major investment to redevelop and refurbish the Treasury Building to provide fit for purpose educational facilities, meeting and reception spaces has expanded our venue capabilities with the addition of two floors.
“We have been able to create state-of-the-art rooms for meetings and events, while still complementing the building’s rich 600-year heritage. As a multi-purpose event and conference space in the heart of the city of London, we look forward to welcoming guests back to The Inner Temple for a summer of events.”
Paul Jackson, Managing Director at Searcys added by saying: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to join the team for the reopening of The Inner Temple following its major refurbishment. It’s great to be open again and we are looking forward to supporting this extraordinary venue across its events and catering.”