Earls Court and Olympia (EC&O) Venues has officially announced the redevelopment of its Olympia Two facility.
As reported first in Exhibition News’ March print edition, the latest £10m improvement scheme will see the ground floor reconfigured to create a large traffic marshalling area within the building, improving operational conditions as well as taking traffic off surrounding roads.
In its place, Olympia is refurbishing level one and infilling the atrium on level two to produce more effective exhibition space. Level 2 was previously the home of Sotheby’s auction house and has hosted the Doctor Who consumer experience for the past 18 months.
EC&O said it will also enhance its Conference Centre facilities on the third floor by adding retractable walls to the East Hall to create smaller breakout rooms. The site will also get a new joint reception area. Overall, Olympia Two offers 4,200sqm of exhibition space.
The latest phase of changes comes off the back of the £20m redevelopment of Olympia’s West Hall, which was completed in December. EC&O said it expected the Olympia Two changes to start on 1 April and to be completed by 20 September.
“These projects are further positive steps in helping Olympia sustain its position as a world-class venue,” EC&O group MD Nigel Nathan said. “With these upgrades, Olympia is adapting to the changing demands of the exhibition industry and ensuring that it is an exhibition venue for the future. In 2012, Olympia celebrates its 125th anniversary. We continue to build on its prestigious history and invest to assure its future as the industry’s favourite venue.”
Olympia is celebrating its 125th birthday this year and has commissioned a new artists series to recognise the milestone and venue’s heritage.
The new-look, two-storey West Hall will host this year’s Exhibition News Awards.
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