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ONE of London’s leading conference and event venues has scooped another major award, after being named the most environmentally friendly venue in the UK.

The Crystal, at Royal Victoria Dock, was named Greenest Venue at the inaugural Hire Space Awards, held earlier this week (24 October).

The awards celebrate the best of the events industry by recognising and rewarding the UK’s most hard working, innovative and forward-thinking venues.

The Crystal’s official hospitality and catering provider, Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events, played a key role in helping the venue see off competition from across the country to land the accolade.

Judges were impressed by the Crystal’s expertise in green initiatives, including its use of environmentally friendly catering options, along with its use of technology to facilitate a sustainable business and its effective waste and recycling programme.

The Crystal, part of Siemens’ Sustainable Cities Initiative, is one of the world’s most sustainable buildings, and was the first to simultaneously hold the Platinum accreditation in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Outstanding accreditation in Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM).

Offering the most technologically advanced event space in London, it boasts seven naturally-lit, fully equipped meeting rooms with panoramic views over the Royal Victoria Docks, along with a state-of-the-art auditorium and is home to the world’s largest exhibition on the future of cities.

“We are absolutely delighted to have won another top award, this time in recognition of our green initiatives which are at the heart of everything that the Crystal is about,” said Zsanett Sedro, commercial assistant.

“We are thrilled that our hard work and commitment has once again been recognised, and this is testament to the hard work from everyone to ensure that the Crystal continues to be a pioneer in sustainability, in everything from its building design to its catering facilities.”

Further information about the Crystal, call 0207 0556400 or visit the website

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