Excel London unveils 2010 plans

Excel London today confirmed it has secured funding worth £164m for its second development phase. The announcement was made at a briefing at the venue this morning. New owner Adnec is funding the development, which will increase the venue's size by 50% to 100,000sqm. Construction work will begin on 11 August 2008 and is due for completion by 30 April 2010. The new developments include a semi-permanent auditorium for 5,000 delegates and new conference rooms to accommodate groups of up to 2,000. The new space will offer production kitchens, a covered walkway to the Prince Regent DLR station and a dining mezzanine for more than 1,000 guests. Grimshaw Architects has been chosen for the development. Excel London managing director - conferences and events Vanessa Cotton said the development would boost event business in London and secure its position as a leading convention destination. "By 2010 we will be a world-class venue in a world-class city," she said. "The provision of a first-class venue will enable the Excel London brand to expand globally and with the opportunities the 2012 Olympics Games will offer, we hope to attract even more delegates from across the world." A third development phase is also under discussion.

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