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First Floor

Telford Theatre

About the Telford Theatre

The Telford Theatre, on the first floor of this Westminster venue, is a fabulous purpose-built conference and lecture space with fixed racked seating able to accommodate up to 240 people. At the front is an ornate stage of dark wood panels which also surround the room. The stage has a speaker’s lectern to one side and a top table for up to seven people. The lectern and top table each have in-built monitors and microphones.

There is a domed roof containing glass believed to have been salvaged from the Institution’s former building (pre-1900). This dome, as well as being a striking feature, also creates a feeling of space and light in the room. The cornices are embellished with carved plaster where the names of many eminent Engineers are featured.

Situated next to the Great Hall, the Telford Theatre is ideal for large conferences, presentations, lectures seminars, product launches, press conferences, AGMs and screenings. The room is also near the Council, Rennie and Palmer rooms which are ideal spaces for break-out or catering rooms.

This and our smaller Godfrey Mitchell Theatre have the capability to be linked up internally which will allow for an in-house conference capacity of over 340 people.

The lecture theatre is named after Thomas Telford who many consider to be the father of engineering and was the Institution of Civil Engineer’s first president. His notable works include the design of the Ellesmere Canal, the Menai Suspension Bridge and St Katherine’s Dock.

Originally built to house the Institution’s annual meetings and conferences however it has been used for external events since the mid 1980’s. More recent guest speakers have included Jamie Oliver, Heston Blumenthal, and Boris Johnson.

Key Features:

  • Panasonic PT-DZ13K full High Definition 1080p data projector (12,000 lumens), resolution 1,920 x 1,200 pixels, screen size 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Multi-input simultaneous display capabilities enabling seamless screen changes and multiple screen viewing (additional charges apply)
  • Fixed microphones on the top table for up to seven people and on the lectern
  • Included are two hand-held radio microphones for questions and answers and a radio-lapel microphone: additional microphones are available for hire
  • Digital recording via MP3
  • Hearing loop
  • The stage is accessible via an in-built low gradient ramp, enabling wheelchair users and those with walking difficulties to access it independently
  • A technician is included with the hire of the theatre
  • 3 phase power (100amps per phase) available in projection booth
  • Additional lighting design and equipment available
  • Connectivity to high specification Tandberg video-conferencing
  • Hard-wired interconnectivity between all meeting rooms for video, audio and data


Length 18.01 m
Width 11.91 m
Height 7.80 m
Area 214.50 sq m


Theatre style 240

Main Access (Double Doors)

Door width 2 m
Door height 3.35 m


Stage lighting for podium and top table Fixed downlights 22
Light switch in room and projection booth Yes
Dimmers Yes

Power and Communications

3 phase (100amps per phase) in projection booth  
Number of 13 amp sockets 15
Telephone points Yes
Wireless and wired broadband internet access Yes

 Room hire includes the services of a technician and all standard audio visual equipment already installed as shown.