O2 joins Eastside convention centre race

O2’s management company Anschutz Entertainment Group
(AEG) has admitted they are finalising plans for another large convention centre
for London Eastside.

The news follows Excel London’s own new-build which has
laid claim to be London’s first International Convention
Centre.

Designs for the O2’s convention centre reportedly cater
for more than 3,000 delegates, with the structure sitting next to the O2
Arena
.

Plans are expected to be finalised and revealed
officially by AEG in February 2010, before being submitted to Greenwich Council
for approval. 

A spokesman for AEG tells conference-news: “We are considering
options for the development of a 450-bed four-star hotel, and this will include
a significant events and banqueting centre.

“We are in the final stages of the planning
application with Greenwich Council, HCA, CABE and representatives from the
Mayor’s office.”

The
Evening Standard newspaper quotes
a source which has seen drawings prepared by architects Lifschutz Davidson,
which says the 300,000 square foot centre will be built on the riverbank to the
east of the O2, adjacent to an 18-storey hotel.

“It is
huge, with the biggest clear-span space you have ever seen,” said the source.
“It will become the best spot in London
to hold a conference, exhibition, awards ceremony, or global
convention.”

London
Eastside could be set up for a future battle of the
ICCs.

Private
investment by ADNEC will see its Excel venue expand by 50 per cent, create
12,000 new jobs and bring on stream a 5,000-seater auditorium. The venue is due
to open next spring.

Paul Colston

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