London conference venue’s refurbishment could see the restoration of its parquet floor

Congress House, London, whose conferencing suite will see the restoration of its parquet floor. Image by Mike Faherty (Creative Commons License: Attribution-ShareAlike).

David du Rieu Aberdeen’s Congress House: a central London conference venue, and home to the Trades Union Congress. Image by Mike Faherty, 2009 (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Share Alike).

The Congress Centre on Great Russell Street, London, is set to benefit from a refurbishment this summer. Its four conferencing suites will be merged into one big conferencing room. Forming a major part of its refurbishment could be the restoration of its parquet floor, which is at present covered by carpet.

The central London conference venue is part of the TUC’s Congress House. Opened on the 27 March 1958, it was designed by David du Rieu Aberdeen. His design was chosen in 1947, from a competition featuring 181 entrants. The parquet floor was added to the training college. It is a Grade II* Listed Building.

At present, Congress House has four conferencing rooms within the Congress Suite. There is also the Congress Hall, which holds 500 to 850 delegates. Lately, customers have hired the Congress Suite rooms and have had the partitions taken down (making for more generous exhibition space). All four rooms will become a large single room.

Refurbishment work will also be extended to the Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s toilets. LED lighting is also being installed. The refurbishment work has been scheduled in advance of new Crossrail services from Tottenham Court Road to London Heathrow airport. This also sees the opening of the new Elizabeth Line.

With the parquet floor restored, this will make for a sympathetic refurbishment. One that is in keeping with the building’s Grade II* Listed Building status.

Castle Floors, 25 May 2017.