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ExCeL London announce expansion plans and start of public consultation in boost for Royal Docks

06 January 2021

ExCeL has announced the start of a public consultation on proposals to expand the venue with new continuous event space added to the east of the site, where the current eastern car park is off Eastern Gateway Road. The Phase 3 expansion will increase the venue’s total event space by 25%, helping ExCeL to continue to compete globally by attracting larger international events.

 

In addition to new event space, the proposals will offer an improved customer experience, with modern meeting rooms, a breakout space where people can relax with friends and colleagues, along with enhanced catering services.  

ExCeL is encouraging local communities to have their say on the proposals, which include: 

1. An increase in event space to help ExCeL secure its long-term future in the area. 

2. Contributing to London’s and Newham’s economy by creating an additional 170 new jobs with an aim for 50% of these opportunities to be for local people. 130 new full-time jobs will be created during the construction phase of the project, including apprenticeships and training opportunities for young people, to maintain ExCeL’s commitment to create a high level of local employment. ExCeL already employs over 160 people, 34% of whom live in East London.

3. Delivering a highly sustainable development, which will aim to achieve a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) rating of ‘Excellent’, creating a biodiversity net gain across the site, with additional investment in enhanced landscaping and planting.

4. Creating a better local environment, improving the public realm around the site and the pedestrian and cycle routes around ExCeL and the dock-edge.  The dock will have a more open and welcoming active frontage, which could include new seating, landscaping, and spaces for people to relax and socialise. 

Speaking on behalf of ExCeL London, Chief Executive Officer Jeremy Rees, said:

“We are delighted to be launching our first phase of consultation. A project to expand the footprint of the venue further to the east of our site has always been in our thinking. Prior to the pandemic we were attracting 4 million visitors each year, including 25% of London’s total inbound business tourists, and generating an economic impact of around £4.5bn for the London and UK economies.

Whilst the demand to host world-leading events at ExCeL is increasing, the proposal to add more modern and flexible event space will create a significant advantage for London when competing against other cities around the world.  This is a unique opportunity to deliver an entirely privately funded project that will create a significant impact not just for the local community and the visitor economy, but for London as a whole.

We are committed to the long-term future of ExCeL, supporting the economic recovery and the continued growth of the Royal Docks and London. Our plans would support even more investment and growth locally, as well as an additional 130 new jobs during construction and 170 more once open. 

Our vision for the project is being shared in an online exhibition www.visionforexcel.co.uk  We look forward to hearing feedback from local residents and businesses and working with the Royal Docks community over the coming months as we progress our designs.”

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