Faraday Centre Statement

In line with the lifting of Government Covid-19 restrictions, the IET is now laying out plans to slowly reopen the Faraday Centre at IET London: Savoy Place.

The members’ area has remained closed throughout the past year while the Government advice has urged those who can work from home to do so.

In May we reopened the Knowledge Centre to operate a click and collect library service, allowing members to prebook two-hour slots to access and use the library and its collections for research purposes.

Subject to any further changes to the Government’s roadmap, we now expect to open the Faraday Centre for small numbers of members from 20 July. While coffee and tea will be available for members, the Faraday Kitchen which normally serves food, will remain closed.

Our venues’ team has been planning the gradual re-opening of Savoy Place to members for some time. However, in the past year many of the Faraday Centre staff have been temporarily redeployed to other departments across the IET and this will impact when we can fully reopen the facility.

Initially the Faraday Centre will be open from Tuesday to Thursday between 10am until 3pm. The centre will be restricted to 30 members at a time. Each member will be allowed to host a maximum of one visitor and will be allowed to stay for up to two hours.

Members who wish to come to the Faraday Centre should note that, despite the Faraday Kitchen remaining closed, food will not be allowed to be brought into the building or consumed.

The Faraday Kitchen is run as part of our wider catering provision for external events held at the venue. We therefore do not expect the Faraday Kitchen to reopen until the autumn.

We will kindly be asking visitors, for the time being, to wear face coverings when walking around Savoy Place and the Faraday Centre. Our updated terms of use will require visitors to maintain social distancing where possible and sign in using the NHS Covid-19 app.

Hand sanitizers will be available throughout the building. These steps are being taken to protect the health and wellbeing of our members, visitors and colleagues.

We kindly ask visitors to be patient while we open up our facilities to members.