Lawrence Hall, London
Lawrence Hall in Greycoat Street, Westminster was the newer of the two Royal Horticultural Halls owned by R.H.S. Enterprises Limited, which is part of the Royal Horticultural Society charity in central London. The other is Lindley Hall in Elverton Street; both are close to the RHS' headquarters in Vincent Square. The site of Lawrence Hall incorporates a self-contained purpose-built conference centre above the main hall. In December 2011 the RHS announced that it had leased the hall for 999 years to Westminster School for £18 million, the terms allowing the hall to continue to be used for four RHS flower shows each year. Westminster School has converted the building for use as a Sports Centre.
Lawrence Hall has vaulted ceilings and Art Deco interior features. It was awarded a gold medal by the Royal Institute of British Architects for its dramatic architecture. It was constructed between 1925 and 1928 and was designed by the partnership of Easton and Robertson. The tall parabolic arches which begin as square piers are credited to Easton, derived from the reinforced concrete work of Hennebique and Freyssinet. The hall was registered as a Grade II* listed building in 1983.
Lawrence Hall and the conference centre above underwent a £1.2 million renovation in 2006. Although built as an exhibition hall, Lawrence Hall has been increasingly used for product launches and conferences.
- The Lawrence Hall. Royal Horticultural Halls & Conference Centre Westminster, London exhibition halls and conference centre
- RHS website "RHS announces most extensive programme of investment in its history", accessed October 15, 2012
- Marketers switch 2009 conference to Royal Horticultural Halls, venues.org.uk, 10 June 2008. Retrieved 5 October 2011.
- Engineering Timelines - Royal Horticultural Society Hall (1928)
- Royal Horticultural Society New Hall, Westminster, at British Listed Buildings website. Retrieved 2011-10-07.
- RHH to close halls for £1.2m refurbishment, Event magazine, 4 April 2006. Retrieved 5 October 2011.
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