Description of Property
BMA House is the head office of the British Medical Association, it is also a thriving corporate and private events venue, housed in a Grade II listed building designed by famed architect Sir Edwin Lutyens during the period of the Great War. As a venue it boasts 29 spaces for up to 320 guests, including two stunning outdoor spaces, the Garden and the Courtyard, all within easy walking distance of Euston station.
BMA House embarked on a mission to gain accreditation in sustainability back in 2012. Green Tourism accreditation fits in well with the ethos of the BMA and offers a good framework to put the green wheels in motion. And so, driven by the venues team, Green Tourism was shared across the organisation with the aim of achieving a bronze accreditation. A ‘green team’ was set up across the organisation with the intention of greening the building and setting up best practice, no mean feat given their Grade II listed status. This included projects such as upgrading lighting to PIR and LED based, changing flushes on the hundreds of toilets within the building to water saving devices and encouraging the 500+ staff in the building to up their recycling effort. In respect of the venue side of the business, efforts focused on; ensuring sustainable and, where possible, local sourcing of food ingredients, purchasing recycled paper for in-room flip charts, and ensuring plentiful and visible paper recycling units in all meeting rooms for disposal of all unwanted papers from the day.
As luck (or hard work) would have it, they were delighted to be awarded a silver accreditation from the outset. The team at BMA House were pleased to have maintained this at their 2015 audit but were hungry for gold. Their small dedicated green team worked hard over the next two years and were ecstatic to be rewarded with a gold plaque in September 2017. The path to gold was made up of innovative projects such as hosting Chelsea fringe events including participating in a Gardens and Health in the city event, a ‘take the stairs initiative’ and the development of a staff gym. In addition, they have worked closely with the nominated BMA charity to assist in their fundraising and promote their good work. Future focus will include greater promotion of healthy eating and the benefits of eating well at conferences, alongside the need for mindfulness using the BMA Garden as THE place for wellbeing. Sustainable and healthy meetings and all that encompasses will continue to be a key focus for them looking ahead to 2018.
For the most part their aims have been achieved through good management communications of their initiatives and expectations, with minimal need for financial investment. BMA House simply made lots of small changes that have added up to make a big difference.
As a venue BMA House are proud to be able to promote their Green Tourism Gold Accreditation as one of their USPs. Invariably clients are required to consider sustainability when choosing their next event venue and so they are confident they will always tick that box for them; alongside their central location with excellent transport links and our first-class conference facilities – they are confident they’ll be a gold venue time and time again!