Venue management organisation, Central Hall Venues (CHV) today announces the launch of its second UK site, St Saviourgate York. The news follows the successful launch of its first UK site, Nicolson Square Edinburgh, in March 2021.
CHV was established to support and manage UK venues based at Methodist public meeting places which share the same values of community, sustainability and well-being as its original venue, Central Hall Westminster. (CHW). As a nationally and internationally renowned conferencing and events centre for 20 years in the heart of London, Central Hall Westminster Ltd created CHV to replicate its own model by supporting and managing similar venues.
St Saviourgate York (SSY) is a conference and events venue situated in the historic city walls of York. Its Grade II* listed building, designed by architect James Simpson as a meeting and community space, dates back to 1840 when it was built to mark the centenary of Methodism. Conveniently positioned in central York next to The Shambles and with a stunning view of York Minster, the venue offers five flexible event spaces that can host events for up to 400 people. Its stunning Great Hall contains an ornate high ceiling and an impressive organ. A network of buildings connected to the Great Hall via a corridor lead to an oasis of a sunny and green courtyard in the heart of the venue.
Primary event spaces for up to 100 people each are the Fulford and Rawcliffe rooms. When the two rooms are combined – using a remarkable piece of Victorian engineering, a movable wall – the space can accommodate up to 220 people.
The venue’s versatile spaces can host all kinds of public and private occasions including musical concerts, performances and rehearsals, conferences and meetings, as well as seminars and training events. The building’s stunning 19th century architecture is also ideal for filming and TV locations.
Each room at SSY is filled with natural daylight and high ceilings with staff on hand to provide full guidance to event organisers. SSY works with a selection of caterers who can provide bespoke options, whatever the event.
Paul Southern, Managing Director of Central Hall Venues, comments: “Following the successful launch of our Scottish venue, Nicolson Square Edinburgh, we are absolutely delighted to be adding a second venue within the same year in York. SSY, which has the same community and sustainability values as our own, is the perfect addition to our expanding family of venues in the UK.”
“Our close ties with Methodism will ensure the venue will maintain its ethical principles and while all kinds of events will be held there, it still retains its original purpose as a place of worship and community in York,” he adds.
More information can be found on the new SSY website.