The Refectory is the largest room available and is suitable for hosting up to 150 people.

The Refectory is highly adaptable and ideal for a larger meetings, small conferences, exhibitions and other business events; or as a venue for social activities, with the facility for formal dining if required.

Room Layouts

The Refectory offers excellent flexibility in terms of different layout options, so whatever style you require, the room can be adapted to suit. In addition, the room can be divided with internal break-out areas added.

This room can be set up in a combination of layouts, allowing for multiple in-room activities. If you require a specific layout, please discuss the options with our events team. The standard layouts and shown below with capacities for each.

The Refectory links with the Fitzgerald Suite which includes its own Reception along with three additional rooms, Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald A and Fitzgerald B. The Refectory is often used in combination with the Fitzgerald Suite and our events team will be happy to discuss options and special rates for multiple room bookings.

Capacity - 150
Theatre layout capacity of 150 available

Capacity - 20
Boardroom layout capacity of 20 available

Capacity - 24
U-Shape layout capacity of 24 available

Capacity - 36
Classroom layout capacity of 36 available

Capacity - 28
Cabinet layout capacity of 28 available

Capacity - 60
Cabaret layout capacity of 60 available

Room Booking

This room is available to book for either half-day or full-day events. If you have other requirements, such as an evening booking, please contact our events team to discuss this.

The times for full-day, half-day and evening bookings are shown below.

Full-day 8.00am -  5.00pm
Half-day (Options) 8.00am - 12.30pm
1.00pm -  5.00pm
10.00am - 2.00pm (Subject to availability)
Evening 6.00pm -  11.00pm

To make an enquiry, or for any additional information, please complete the Room Enquiry form by clicking on the button below.

Room Enquiry

Alternatively, please contact us on 01642 382000 or email us at

Equipment and Facilities

The Refectory has a Hearing Loop fitted to enhance the experience for visitors who use hearing aids. Additionally, a range of support equipment is supplied for your event including:

  • Multimedia projector
  • Display screen
  • Computer access
  • LCD screen
  • Flip charts
  • Display areas
  • WiFi
  • Hearing loop fitted

Catering and Refreshments

We also offer catering services which can include either hot or cold refreshment packages. The standard catering options are outlined on the Hospitality Menu. All refreshment packages can be specifically designed for any special dietary requirements, so if you have any special needs or require a bespoke catering service, just let the team know.

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Excellent access links and free on-site parking for more than 200 cars make the Materials Processing Institute one of the most convenient venues in the Tees Valley to hold meetings or events.

Located next to the A66 near Middlesbrough, we are close to regional and national road and rail networks and close to Teesside and Newcastle international airports.