Sign in or Register
 
 
Exhibition News Race Day
Register today to receive each issue absolutely FREE!


Business Development Manager
London

Head of Sales and Events
Harrogate International Centre

Event Manager
Nottingham

Sales Executive
London



Lewis Field, head of design at exhibition stand builder Nimlok...

The Old Granada Studios in Manchester have been revamped into an...

CarFest has transformed from an off-the-cuff radio show idea to two...

Exhibition News August 2014
August 2014

Olympia opens new-look West Hall
posted on: 13/12/2011 10:14:44

Earls Court & Olympia (EC&O) has officially opened its new-look West Hall following a £20m redevelopment initiative.
 
The West Hall now offers 8,361sqm of space across two floors plus connecting links into the Grand Hall and Olympia Two. According to venue owner Capital and Counties (CapCo), the improvements will make Olympia more flexible and improve connectivity throughout the facility.
 
The first show to run in the new hall is the London International Horse Show, which opens today (13 December). The new-look West Hall will also play host to the 2012 Exhibition News Awards on 29 March 2012.
 
“Our vision for Olympia respects the fabric of this historic building while also making the internal space easier to access and more flexible for organisers to use,” EC&O group MD Nigel Nathan said. “These enhancements protect our heritage and position the Olympia complex for the future.”
 
“We are grateful for all the support and patience we have received from our neighbours during this construction phase.”
 
Association of Event Organiser (AEO) CEO Karim Halwagi welcomed the hall enhancements as a positive step for the exhibition industry to help small and large shows grow.  
 
“Large shows will be able to get better utilisation and visitor flows while small shows will have more flexibility to expand,” he said.
 
Leader of London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham Cllr Stephen Greenhalgh also flagged the importance of Olympia for generating income for local businesses.
 
“The Olympia Exhibition and Conference Centre, contributes to the West London economy, brings continued prosperity for Hammersmith and Fulham and receives great support from the surrounding community,” he said. “I am delighted to see it enter a new phase in its impressive history.”
 
The West Hall opening coincides with the Mayor of London’s rejection of CapCo’s redevelopment plans for the Earls Court exhibition centres and site after the masterplan failed to meet a series of policies under the London Plan strategy.
 
Got a news story for EN? Email us: exhibitionnews@mashmedia.net


Print:
Email:
Share article:

COMMENTS
Would you like to Leave a Comment?

LATEST NEWS
Venue Expo hosts exhibitor masterclass
posted on: 29/8/2014 11:23:24
Exhibitors were given a masterclass on how to maximise their ROI ahead of the first edition of The Venue Expo.

Telegraph Events planning further expansion
posted on: 28/8/2014 11:11:40
The newly branded Telegraph Events is planning to announce two more exhibitions running in 2015-6 by the turn of the year, Exhibition News can reveal.

More than 15,000 people visited the inaugural BBC Good Food Festival at Hampton Court Palace over the Bank Holiday Weekend, according to organiser River Street Events.

Carfest raises £1.5m for charity
posted on: 27/8/2014 11:45:11
Brand Events’ two CarFest events held in August are set to raise £1.5m for BBC’s Children in Need.

Confex Call for Papers
posted on: 27/8/2014 10:36:56
If you’ve got something to say and think you can shout about it in front of an audience of event professionals then now is the chance to reply to the Call for Papers for International Confex 2015.