CCT Venues’ Caro­line Ball talks up­dates

CCT Venues Dock­lands has had a fab­u­lous re­fur­bish­ment that em­braces its mar­itime his­tory, as CEO Caro­line Bull ex­plains

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It’s a case of old meet­ing new at CCT Venues Dock­lands. The space in Marsh Wall, which re­launched at the start of May af­ter five weeks of re­fur­bish­ment, comes with a fresh name, work spa­ces and de­sign.

In a bid to em­brace its mar­itime his­tory, the venue has used wall art sourced from the Mu­seum of London Dock­lands as dec­o­ra­tion and named its con­fer­ence rooms af­ter im­ports that used to ar­rive at its lo­ca­tion over­look­ing West In­dia South Dock. But the venue is modern. A water­front ter­race awash with con­tem­po­rary fin­ishes sits well against the back­drop of Ca­nary Wharf.

In­side, there’s dig­i­tal sig­nage out­side rooms and plasma screens.

“This venue is just on the edge of Ca­nary Wharf so we wanted to talk about Dock­lands,” said the com­pany’s CEO, Caro­line Bull.

“Be­fore we were branded as CCT Venues South Quay be­cause that’s where we are, but who’s heard of South Quay? It means noth­ing. Dock­lands ac­tu­ally means some­thing to ev­ery­one, whether it’s London Docks or Liver­pool Docks, ev­ery­body un­der­stands the con­cept. And the his­tory with the docks is ac­tu­ally not that old.

“It’s been re­ally sur­pris­ing while we’ve been do­ing this project, sourc­ing these amaz­ing im­ages that we’ve got on the walls and all these bits of old fur­ni­ture, the num­ber of peo­ple we’ve spo­ken to who have said: ‘My dad or grand­fa­ther worked on the docks.’ Even my own great aunts worked in the Tate and Lyle fac­tory.

“When you stop and think about it, that his­tory is ac­tu­ally quite re­cent and yet you look out of the win­dow and it’s a dif­fer­ent world.

“At the same time we’ve up­graded some of the modern tech­nol­ogy, be­hindthe-scenes things like up­dat­ing the air con­di­tion­ing, hav­ing dig­i­tal signs out­side the rooms, fit­ting 60 to 70-inch plasma screens in the meet­ing rooms and mak­ing sure the wi-fi is su­per fast.

“So then you’ve got the best of the new with the best of the old.”

The new and im­proved venue sports a num­ber of con­fer­ence and train­ing fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing a large ex­hi­bi­tion space with ca­pac­ity for 250 guests.

It has eight meet­ing rooms with large win­dows, six smaller rooms and a re­laxed lounge and restau­rant with in-house cater­ing. Hav­ing been in res­i­dence at the venue for more than 10 years, Caro­line said the up­date was much needed.

“Be­fore we made the changes, it was a lit­tle bit bland and cor­po­rate,” she said. “It was a very big space and we had some re­ally large con­fer­ence fa­cil­i­ties, but every­thing was quite sim­ple and plain.

“That’s be­cause in the past our clients have very much wanted a blank can­vas and they want to come into spa­ces and put their brand­ing on it.

“But what we re­alised re­cently was that peo­ple’s tastes have changed, par­tic­u­larly with more peo­ple work­ing in slightly funky of­fice spa­ces and, I think, be­cause peo­ple do more re­mote work­ing, when they do come into a work­ing or meet­ing en­vi­ron­ment, they want a bit more stim­u­la­tion.

“We still have meet­ing rooms and con­fer­ence rooms that al­low peo­ple to cre­ate their own events so there’s still a de­gree of neu­tral­ity, but also, par­tic­u­larly in the com­mon spa­ces, there’s just a lit­tle bit more in­ter­est and it’s a lit­tle bit more chilled than it was be­fore.”

For all book­ings call 0808 168 1168 or email en­quire@cctv­enues.co.uk.

The re­fur­bished venue of­fers a great space for busi­ness in­clud­ing con­fer­ence and train­ing fa­cil­i­ties, a lounge, restau­rant and out­door ter­race

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