The building, designed by Scottish architect James Miller was first opened during the autumn of 1913, and celebrated its 100th birthday in 2013. It has been a Grade II listed building since 1984 and became available for public events in 1989. Parts of the building have undergone a number of refurbishments since then, mainly to improve the catering and conferencing facilities.
In 2016, the building will undergo a series of works designed to further improve facilities for visitors, increase energy efficiency and improve accessibility. A state-of-the-art interactive Learning and Exhibition Centre will also be created in our main library and a new members' resource centre will be created in our upper library.
The main activities that are taking place are summarised below:
- Creation of new members' resource centre in our upper library
- A full deep clean and inspection of the external stonework to the external elevations
- Replacement of all boilers with new energy efficient models – estimated to be between 30 and 50 per cent more efficient
- Maintenance and checks to the four domes inside the building
- A conservation clean to elements of the Great Hall ceiling
- Creation of a new interactive Learning and Exhibition Centre
Visiting One Great George Street during the refurbishment
- The ICE members' Resource Centre in the 2nd floor upper library was closed to members at the end of service on Friday 13 May.
- To deliver the rest of the works, scaffolding will be erected to cover the whole building, meaning that it will be closed for events from 20 June 2016
- The members' Library will also be closed for the duration of the works, however a limited book sourcing service will be available from ICE Library staff.
- ICE Library staff will be happy to extend loan periods for the duration and will try to help as much as they can with electronic resources and other sources available to them during the refurbishment.
- Library staff will continue to answer reference enquiries via telephone and emails.
- Some One Great George Street facilities will remain open, including the café bar and brasserie
- During the refurbishment period, it will not be possible to book meeting rooms or use the venue for conferences
- Entrance to the building will be via the Storey's Gate entrance for the duration of the works
- One Great George Street will re-open on 19 September 2016