UK event location Excel London is reportedly on course to expand its facilitates by a further 25 percent. This will create 25,000 additional square meters with ICC convention facilities, exhibition halls and conference rooms, as well as outdoor spaces.
In line with its ESG (environmental, social and governance) strategy, the venue has sought to create the most sustainable scheme possible and will be targeting a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) rating of ‘Excellent’ – surpassing the recognised industry standard. As with the current venue, the electricity supply will be 100 percent from renewable sources, Excel annonces.
As part of the project, a substantial investment is said to be made in the public realm including new greenery along the dock edge, improved landscaping for pedestrians and cyclists, and a new pocket park. The project will also create permanent and temporary employment, both in the construction process – including apprenticeships – but also indirectly once complete.
McLaren Construction have been appointed to deliver the next phase of construction works, commencing in January 2023.
Jeremy Rees, CEO of Excel, said: “Having completed the first phase of our expansion project on time, we are looking forward to heading into the main construction phase with an experienced and sector-leading project team. Led by customer demand, the expansion to our existing award-winning venue campus will ensure we can continue to put London at the forefront of the global events industry.”
The venue hosts around 400 events and welcomes some four million visitors to its venue every year.