Ampersand wins £16 million contract for Old Royal Naval College

The Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) has chosen Ampersand for a £16 million contract that will last until 2020.

The business will offer a team of 20 to look after the catering and conference services at this historic site on the River Thames. Ampersand will offer a wide array of services such as weddings, day delegate packages, events catering, gatherings, gala dinners and tours of the site. Inside the building itself, the firm will be hosting events ranging from business meetings for groups of ten to the 400-seat Trafalgar Night Dinner, which is held annually in the room where Admiral Nelson’s body lay in state before burial.

Ampersand managing director Paul Jackson said: “To tread in Nelson’s footsteps is indeed daunting. The ORNC symbolises the era when Britannia ruled the waves and the architectural splendour around us represents the best of British. We will help the ORNC and Greenwich Foundation achieve its plans for the future and in doing so we aim to exceed its expectations every day in the food, events and services that we supply. In Nelson’s spirit, we promise that Ampersand expects that every man and woman will do their duty!”

Event bookings are set to be managed jointly by the onsite team and Ampersand's sister company ITA, both of which will manage the venue's several rooms, such as Admiral's House and the Painted Hall. There is even a 19th-century Skittles hall. It is hoped that this new deal will also generate a series of new hospitality jobs for the local area.

Designed by Christopher Wren, the ORNC is the 11th most visited attraction in the UK, taking in 1.6 million visitors every year. The ORNC has also provided the backdrop for a variety of films such as Skyfall and Les Miserables.

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