The Great Hall on The Strand
The refurbishment of the Great Hall on the Strand was completed in November 2014. The works restored many of the original features and styles such as oak paneling, joinery and the King's crest, as well as paint and wood stain colours. Gold paint detail on the original column capital and accent lighting highlights the Grade I listed ceiling. Other non-original features such as the wood floors have also been repaired and retained.
Key features of the upgrade include:
- Improved broadcasting capability with built-in infrastructure.
- Improved acoustics for events and media. This includes acoustic door seals, absorption material behind wall paneling and the placement of the air handling unit.
- New square track LED up/down lighting system which echoes the original ceiling and provides appropriate lighting for exams as well as events.
- Spot-lights and colour feature lighting on walls for accent options for events.
- New upholstered, comfortable chairs.
- A bespoke displacement air diffuser for ventilation and comfort cooling operating with 100% fresh air, and working in tandem with natural ventilation vents. A more efficient heating unit.
- New IT, AV (including wall speakers) and electrical services and pipework cleverly concealed in the restored European Oak wall paneling.
- Upgraded AV and control centre with flexibility to support the hall's many types of events. This includes full HD front projection system, new projection screen, voice reinforcement system, lectern, induction loop system, hand held and radio lapel microphones, portable tablet device input connectivity, touch panel controls and more.
- Upgraded fire safety features.
- WiFi for 600 devices.
Capacity is 300 maximum standing, 240 theatre style and 150 banquet style, with a much needed new cloak room made from Room K0.21.
History of the Great Hall
The Great Hall forms part of the founding building for the university, constructed between 1829 and 1831. It's a sign of the prestige of the project that King's had to decline the free services of Sir John Nash, architect of Buckingham Palace, in favour of those of Sir Robert Smirke, architect of the British Museum, because Smirke was already the architect of the university's neighbour, Somerset House.
The Great Hall is one of the central congregation spaces within the King's Building. It is used for a number of prestigious events such as the annual King's Fellows Dinner and also day-to-day academic activities such as examinations, press conferences, presentations, receptions and banqueting.
To book the Great Hall for an event, contact King's Venues.
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The project team
The project team for the design has included stakeholders from the Principal's office, Dean's office, External Relations, King's Policy Institute, King's Venues and other Professional Services teams.
Estates & Facilities Project Delivery Manager: Tanmay Desai
Project Manager: Rider Levett Bucknell