The RIBA shows how a beautiful building can become a much loved venue (with i-Clean Systems helping to make it clean and green)
The Royal Institute of British Architects, the UK body for architecture and the architectural profession,
has combined the provision of support to members with creating, in its fine Grade II-listed 1930s
headquarters building, one of London's favourite venues for dining, meeting, learning - and simply
The building, at 66 Portland Place, has a cafe, a
restaurant with outdoor terrace, galleries with
exhibitions, 23 meeting rooms, and lecture
theatres, including the naturally-lit Jarvis Hall,
with tiered seating for 300 delegates. There
is a bookshop - and one of the world's finest
architectural libraries, housing 4 million books.
"This remarkable venue, enjoyed by the public as
well as by RIBA members, has to be 100% clean,"
comments Liam McConnell, the Institute's
facilities manager. "We asked i-Clean Systems
for help with this.
"An initial survey of our situation and the
contractor's work was followed by a full
benchmarking exercise, using the i-Clean
Cleaning Management System," Mr McConnell
explains. "Negotiations followed, aligning
procedures to the benchmark findings and
resulting in much improved cleaning standards."
The RIBA, founded in 1834 and with 40,500
members throughout the world today, has a
vision to 'champion architecture and for a better
"We use 100% renewable energy," Mr McConnell reports,"the reorganisation of our cleaning contract
enabled us to reduce our nightly energy consumption and reorganise our security arrangements
resulting in significant reductions in cost and our carbon footprint. Throughout the process we have
had the benefit of excellent support from the i-Clean Systems consultant."
Since its introduction inAugust 2005,the i-Clean Cleaning Management System has attracted interest
from a variety of organisations in the public, commercial, manufacturing and service sectors.
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