The 14,000 sq ft space presents a public programme of exhibitions, talks and events located at the Marylebone Campus of the University of Westminster. It was developed from a former concrete construction hall leaving an exhibition space unique for its central London location.
This is the first edition of the Academic Venue Awards, taking place in The Great Hall at Queen Mary University of London on 22 November. There are 14 categories celebrating the essential services academic venues offer the events industry. The space has been nominated alongside two other venues; IMAGO and Nottingham Conference Centre.
Katharine Heron, Director of Ambika P3, said: “I am thrilled to hear that Ambika P3 has been shortlisted. It’s testament to the support from the University and the imagination of all those involved.”
The space has been commissioned by artists such as Keith Wilson, Richard Woods and David Ward, with partners including the Architecture Foundation, RIBA and the Arts Council England, promising itself as a space for the arts and architecture. Ambika P3 is also the venue for the National Student Pride annually, which takes place in February and attracts 1700 attendees.
Geoff Brown of The Times said: “The venue is extraordinary. Who would have thought that across from Madame Tussaud’s lay the 14,000 sq ft of an underground hangar, once used to test concrete for Spaghetti Junction and the Channel Tunnel?”
Ambika P3 is available for private hire to companies within the creative industries with clients such as Erdem, Topshop, MAC and Nike.