EC&O officially unveils plans to develop Olympia for events

Earls Court and Olympia, which is set to lose its Earls
Court exhibition halls after the
2012 Olympics, has officially announced it is consulting with
stakeholders and residents regarding plans to enhance Olympia as an exhibition
and conference centre.

The multi-million pound development would aim to preserve the fabric of the historic
buildings while also making the internal space both easier to access and more
flexible for organisers to use.

The proposed works include:

  • Redeveloping the West Hall
    in its existing footprint, adding a floor and creating links to the Grand Hall
    and Olympia Two. The Hall will be designed to be used either in conjunction with other spaces or
    independently. Plans include incorporating a visitor entrance on Blythe Road to
    improve the street frontage. The plans will also improve pedestrian access
    around the building and provide opportunities to enhance the aesthetics of the
    exterior.
  • Refurbishing the Olympia
    Two building, including infilling the atrium on Level One, to create better
    exhibition and conferencing space.

A recent exhibition at Olympia allowed residents to discuss plans and the
Olympia team are
now consulting with organisers. The process forms part of its consultation in
advance of submitting the proposals for planning permission and listed building
consent to the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in the near
future.

Group MD for EC&O Venues, Nigel Nathan, said: “This
is an extremely exciting project for Olympia and it is our aim to enhance and
refurbish the venue to help it maintain its position as a world-class venue going forward.
We believe the investment will provide organisers with new flexibility for their
events and enhance the visitor experience.”

Paul Colston

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Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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