Grantham celebrates 10th anniversary
This month, our Grantham centre, known as the Boilerhouse, celebrates 10 years since its opening. Up until the early 1990s, the Boilerhouse was the source of power for one of the East Midlands’ largest manufacturing facilities that occupied the site. As an IOM3 centre, it officially opened on 7 July 2009, just ahead of the Institute’s Premier Awards Dinner and AGM that year.
The Institute acquired the Boilerhouse in 2007 and set out to transform its brick exterior to a more contemporary office space using steel cladding. During the redevelopment in 2008-2009, the Institute was supplied with various materials contributions, from external cladding and steel work from Corus plc and external clay brick paving from Hanson, to paving slabs from Marshalls plc and tiling from H R Johnson Limited. The building now features three main spaces including a theatre, gallery and an auditorium.
IOM3 Knowledge Exchange Manager, Diane Aston, who has worked in Grantham since the office was bestowed said, ‘I can’t believe it has been 10 years already. There have been a number of highlights including the first awards dinner in the auditorium – it looked amazing. Also singing in the auditorium before the office and equipment were put in and teachers conferences in the theatre, as well as World Packaging Organisation meetings, team days and not forgetting Starpack judging'.
The Grantham centre can host exhibitions, conferences meetings, and training sessions and also provides office accommodation for IOM3 including sales and marketing, education and training, materials information and administration teams.