Parties and receptions

IET Birmingham: Austin Court is a unique venue, perfect for special occasions like parties and receptions.

Whether you’re hosting an elaborate night of fine dining, cocktails and entertainment or a low-key, networking event with canapes and drinks, our city centre venue can provide the setting you’re after.

What you get from your party or reception space…

  • Stunning period features including beamed, vaulted ceilings
  • Exposed brickwork
  • Canal views
  • Fantastic, flexible catering
  • Loads of natural light and fresh air
  • Access to our stunning, landscaped Courtyard
  • High-end AV solutions, Wi-Fi and in-built LCD TVs

Which reception room is right for your party?


Waterside Room

With beautiful riverside views, exposed red brick walls and a striking beamed ceiling, the Waterside Room is one of our most inspiring spaces.

The large windows and double doors that open out onto the canal not only provide a fabulous backdrop for your event but also flood the room with lots of natural light and fresh air. When dressed, the room is a stylish choice for any reception or party, including weddings.

The space can comfortably accommodate up to 150 reception guests, 120 attendees for a fork buffet and 80 diners for a sit-down meal.

As well as offering a great stand-alone choice, the Waterside Room is located right next to our state-of-the-art auditorium, the Kingston Theatre and has easy access to our landscaped Courtyard for organisers needing multiple spaces.

More about the Waterside Room


Finding a tranquil, beautiful outdoor space in the heart of Birmingham city centre is no easy feat, which is one of the reasons we’re so proud of our landscaped courtyard garden.

As well as offering guests a peaceful place to enjoy themselves, the Courtyard also provides surroundings that inspire conversation and the imagination.

Nestled in the centre of our historic venue, guests at an outdoor event at IET Birmingham: Austin Court get to appreciate the beautiful contemporary design of our atrium while admiring the carefully preserved period features of the main buildings.

The unique layout of the Courtyard pathways creates a natural flow encouraging your guests to mingle. It easily accommodates 80 visitors and works brilliantly for barbecue lunches, drinks receptions and garden parties.

More about the Courtyard

Lodge Rooms (1, 2 and 3)

Our 3, interconnecting Lodge Rooms can host up to 120 guests when used together. The space overlooks our stunning Courtyard and the large windows flood the room with natural light.

This, combined with the rooms’ striking, vaulted ceiling and oak beams, creates a space that never fails to impress and excite guests.

Whether you’re hosting a drinks party, sit-down meal or awards do, our Lodge Rooms offer the flexibility to accommodate your ideal layout and our in-house caterers will have the perfect menu for your needs.

More about the Lodge Rooms

The versatile Lodge Rooms can be used in the following configurations:

  • Lodge Room 1 (up to 40 guests)
  • Lodge Room 2 (up to 20 guests)
  • Lodge Room 3 (up to 30 guests)
  • Lodge Rooms 1 and 2 (up to 80 guests)
  • Lodge Rooms 1, 2 and 3 (up to 120 guests)


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