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Employment Academy receives wedding licence

21 September 2016

The Thames Reach Employment Academy has been granted the right to host wedding and civil partnership ceremonies. Southwark council approved an official wedding licence this month, meaning couples can now exchange their vows in the Grade-II listed building.

The Employment Academy has a long history of serving the community. It was built in 1904 by Edwin T. Hall, the architect behind West End department store Liberty, and refurbished in 2012 by Peter Barber Architects, who won a Royal Institute of British Architects award for their work on the building in 2015.

The site is home to numerous services which help vulnerable people in the London Borough of Southwark and beyond, offering support in areas such as employment, housing and mental health.

Hiring out meeting rooms and the panelled hall is an important method of financially supporting some of the work which goes on in the building, and the income generated from wedding ceremonies and receptions will help secure the future of these important services.

Anneke Ziemen, facilities and marketing manager for Thames Reach, said: “This building has such a wonderful history as a community resource, and it feels like it’s really rooted in the life of the area.

“We’ve been thinking about obtaining a wedding licence for a while – people keep telling us what a lovely place this would be to get married in – so we’re really delighted that Southwark council have agreed. Hopefully the building will serve as a setting for many happy days.”

Wedding at the Employment Academy
The Employment Academy's panelled hall hosting a wedding reception