Venue Information

Conference information desk – main foyer, ground floor

This is where you should go if you have any queries concerning the administration of conference or if you lose your conference credentials. The desk will be open:-

Saturday 12pm – 5.30pm

Sunday 8.30am – 5.30pm

Monday 8.30am – 6.30pm

Tuesday – Friday 8.30am – 5.30pm

Conference hall – Auditorium 1, 1st floor

The hall is laid out with seating for delegates in their regions in the main body of the hall, with the platform and rostrum control at the front of the hall. Seating for visitors, sharer 2s and guests will be in the south balcony on the 3rd floor.

Conference sessions

  • Local government conference starts 9.30am Sunday 18th June – Auditorium 1
  • WET conference starts 10am Sunday 18th June – Auditorium 2
  • Energy conference starts 10am Monday 19th June – Auditorium 2
  • National delegate conference starts 10am Tuesday 20th June and from 9.30am Wednesday to Friday – Auditorium 1

On each day there will be a lunch break between 12.30pm and 2pm when the conference hall will be closed.

Standing orders committees

WET and Energy – office 2, 1st floor.

Local Government – meeting room 1B, ground floor

National Delegate – meeting room 5, 2nd floor.

UNIZONE – main foyer, ground floor

The UNIZONE is an interactive exhibition of UNISON’s key campaigning, bargaining and organising work. UNIZONE 2017 will feature a changing programme of displays and interactive events. A full programme is highlighted in section 5 of this guide.

Exhibition area – main foyer, ground floor

The exhibition area contains a range of stands representing services to members plus a range of stalls on behalf of campaigning and voluntary organisations.


The main conference catering area is the FEED café in the main foyer. Drinks and snacks will also be available from café east on the first floor.


A free cloakroom service will be available from the ground floor.  The cloakroom will be open:-

Sunday to Thursday 8.30am – 6.30pm

Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm

Cash machine

Cash machines are available at the Brighton centre in the foyer and in the east bar. All major banks are within five minutes walk from the centre.


Free wi-fi is available – no log in ID or password required.


If you require a photograph for your credentials please go the conference information desk.

Prayer rooms

There are prayer rooms available for the use of delegates on request. Please contact the conference information desk for further details.

First aid

The first aid room is located to the rear of the west bar on the first floor. If you require first aid assistance you can either go to the first aid room or contact a Brighton centre steward or the conference information desk for first aid to be called.


The crèche for this conference is located in the viscount suite at the Hilton Metropole Hotel. The crèche is only available for delegates who have reserved places for their children in advance.

Card votes

Card votes can be collected from the card vote collection point on the ground floor, located in the in the corridor leading to the back of the venue off the foyer.

Opening times:-

Saturday 2pm – 4.30pm Local government

Sunday 8.30am – 3pm Local government/3pm – 6pm NDC

Monday 8.30am – 4.30pm NDC

Tuesday 8.30am – 5pm NDC

Wednesday 8.30am – 12.30pm NDC

From Wednesday lunchtime card votes can be collected from the finance office on the third floor. Card votes for WET and Energy conference will be available from outside of auditorium 2.

Access and facilitation

UNISON staff member, Raj Vekaria, is the conference access officer. Questions about access and facilitation should be addressed to him via the conference information desk.

Brighton Centre access summary

An access summary for the Brighton centre is available on the UNISON website.  Alternatively you can contact the conference office on 0207 121 5123 to request a copy.