Excel London appoints architects for extension

Excel London has appointed two international architectural and urban design companies for the second phase of its extension due for completion in 2009. Grimshaw architects, that are responsible for past projects that include Lord’s Grandstand, Frankfurt Trade Fair Hall and the International Terminal at London’s Waterloo, will design the 36,000sqm extension. Canadian-based planning and design firm Urban Strategies will direct the future image of the Excel London campus. Excel London chief executive Jamie Buchan described the importance of the extension to the future of London as a business event destination. "Excel London is a serious, long-term player in the international exhibition and conference markets," he said. "Between now and the 2012 Olympic Games, London has a unique opportunity to showcase the capital as the world’s leading business and event destination."

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