CCT Venues’ Caroline Ball talks updates
CCT Venues Docklands has had a fabulous refurbishment that embraces its maritime history, as CEO Caroline Bull explains
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.”
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The refurbished venue offers a great space for business including conference and training facilities, a lounge, restaurant and outdoor terrace