Lime Venue Portfolio has announced that Admiral’s House will be available for corporate hire from the end of April 2013 following the completion of a £500,000 refurbishment project. The venue is part of the Old Royal Naval College, which has provided the backdrop for high-profile films including Skyfall, Les Miserables, The Duchess and The King’s Speech.

The new Admiral’s House space, located in the north-eastern corner of the King Charles Court, will complement the well-established banqueting rooms already available at the ORNC, as well as enhancing the venue’s conference and events offering with the addition of six new spaces with capacities ranging from 10 to 60. The largest new space, the Hardwick Room, will accommodate 60 guests for dinner and will work in conjunction with the adjoining Wren Room, offering delegates an alternative space for a drinks reception. These rooms will add to the spaces already available for hire at the ORNC, amongst which is the famed Painted Hall, which can accommodate up to 400 dinner guests.

The Old Royal Naval College has undergone conservation as part of the ongoing work at the leading heritage site being undertaken by the Greenwich Foundation, the charity set up in 1997 to run the ORNC and conserve it for the nation. As part of the conservation and renovation work, disabled access and toilet facilities for guests on the ground floor of the 17th Century interior have been provided and fire capacity of the space has been increased to allow up to 90 guests. Wi-Fi has also been installed in the four major rooms.

Wayne Spicer, sales manager at the Old Royal Naval College, said: “We’re delighted that Admiral’s House has been so sensitively developed in keeping with the skilled conservation work on other areas of the ORNC and that we can now offer these six spaces to corporate events organisers. The Old Royal Naval College attracts a lot of interest from organisers of high end events from business districts in London, and the new spaces will add to the choice for planners.”

Jo Austin, head of sales at Lime Venue Portfolio, said: “The events spaces at Admiral’s House are a great addition to the venue, and it’s brilliant that the ORNC is so dedicated to conserving the history of the venue whilst catering to event organisers’ modern requirements. With great transport links including the DLR and Thames Clipper, this is an exciting new offering in the corporate meetings market.”

Lime Venue Portfolio is the collection of venues encompassing many of the UK’s most significant stadia and historic treasure houses. Lime Venue Portfolio is the collection of venues encompassing many of the UK’s most significant stadia and historic treasure houses. Current venues include Edgbaston, Royal Berkshire Conference Centre, ExCel London, Edinburgh Zoo, Dartmouth House, Beaulieu, and Cheltenham Racecourse.

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Restoration work undertaken by the Greenwich Foundation on Admirals House included:

  • Revealing an original stone floor in the staircase and lighting the magnificent staircase with a refurbished double height chandelier
  • Major transformation was on the first floor, where naval bedsits were removed to create a matching suite of rooms, including the formation of the new Hardwick room.  Hardwick set out the formal grounds of the ORNC as is named after him.
  • Restoration of original furniture from the Royal Hospital for Seamen (the ORNC was commissioned in the late 17th century by Queen Mary II as a home for retried seamen)
  • Installing a finishing kitchen and dumb waiter from the kitchens below.
  • Upgrading the heating.

For further information on the Old Royal Naval College and the ongoing conservation work being undertaken by the Greenwich Foundation contact: Lesley Booth