BCS Hertfordshire Branch

Meeting Locations

For most Branch Meetings except visits, we have been using the lecture rooms in the Lindop Building of the University of Hertfordshire. The advantages to us is that their lecture rooms can accommodate a large number of people and the location is convenient to the majority of members living in Hertfordshire.

We still hold occasional Branch Meetings at the offices of Sopra Steria in Hemel Hempstead. Sopra Steria's generous hospitality has been much appreciated.

Maps and travel directions are given below for the University of Hertfordshire, Lindop Building venue and for Sopra Steria.


University of Hertfordshire, Lindop Building


The venue's full address is:

The Lindop Building, UNIVERSITY of HERTFORDSHIRE, College Lane, HATFIELD, Hertfordshire AL10 9AB

Note that this is in the College Lane campus.

Trains - to Hatfield Station from Kings Cross, Moorgate, Cambridge, and Stevenage. From there take a 603 bus to the University.

Buses - see the Unobus guide.

The inset map (courtesy of openstreetmap.org) shows the location of the Lindop Building in the College Lane campus.

Lindop Map

The roundabout in the map is the roundabout at the A1(M) Junction 3, immediately south of the tunnel under the Galleria shopping centre in Hatfield.

From St. Albans, the easiest route is along the A1057 Hatfield Road, turning right at the Comet roundabout on to Comet Way (see inset map).

From Hemel Hempstead, Watford, the M1 Junctions 6 and 8, M25 Junctions 21A and 22, the best approach is probably along the A414 North Orbital Road (see inset map).

From the A1(M) Junction 3 roundabout take the exit on to the A1001. After about 300 yards, turn left at the traffic lights on to College Lane.

Arriving and parking

Drive gently and you will see the Mercer Building on the left, followed by the Lindop Building. Turn left immediately after the Lindop Building and behind the buildings are a number of car parks. Park there. Ignore the "Pay & Display" signs: parking is free for evening events.


Sopra Steria, Hemel Hempstead


Sopra Steria's full address is:

SOPRA STERIA, Three Cherry Trees Lane, HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, Hertfordshire HP2 7AH

You may, of course, create your own map using Sopra Steria's postcode in Google Maps, or whichever internet mapping service you prefer. However, Sopra Steria provide their own map which we can firmly recommend.

Trains - to Hemel Hempstead Station from Euston/Milton Keynes. From there take a taxi - alternatively by H13 bus (a circuitous route) to Atlas Copco in Queensway near the end of Swallowdale Lane.

From the famous (“Magic”) Roundabout.

Take the A414 (St. Albans Road). At the roundabout signed Industrial Area, turn left on to Maylands Avenue. Follow this road for just short of a mile, past two junctions with traffic lights and one set of pedestrian crossing lights, still in Maylands Avenue, at the first roundabout you come to, turn right (3rd exit) on to Swallowdale Lane. Take 2nd right on to Three Cherry Trees Lane. SOPRA STERIA is the first building on the right.

From M1 Junction 8.

Travelling towards Hemel Hempstead on the A414, at the 2nd roundabout turn right (3rd exit) on to Maylands Avenue. Follow this road for just short of a mile, past two junctions with traffic lights and one set of pedestrian crossing lights, still in Maylands Avenue, at the first roundabout you come to, turn right (3rd exit) on to Swallowdale Lane. Take 2nd right on to Three Cherry Trees Lane. SOPRA STERIA is the first building on the right.

Sopra Steria Gate

Important information for attendees


Sopra Steria close the car park gates outside office hours.

Should you arrive for an event and find the gates closed, you will have to ask the security staff to open the gate. The inset picture shows what you will see (click to enlarge): the gate closed; a box mounted on a cranked pole about five yards from the gate, on the right of the driveway. The box is equipped with a call-button and an intercom. Press the button and tell the security officer that you have come for the "Sopra Steria-BCS meeting".



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