ExCel Phase II, London DocklandsEdit profile
ExCeL London’s brief required the extension of their existing building to provide more flat-floor exhibition space in a purely contiguous setting. Through close collaboration with the client, Grimshaw’s response has helped expand this vision into an extension that combines functionalism and design, resulting in a building capable of taking its place on the world stage as London’s second largest Olympic venue and the city’s first International Conference Centre. Phase II furthers ExCeL’s role as a major economic magnet in London’s East End, by providing an additional 32,500 sq m of flat-floor exhibition space. This takes ExCeL’s total to 100,000,000 sq ft – a watershed figure in terms of business generation. The design also creates a new 15m high hall for ExCeL, increasing previous heights by half to create an increased scope for the existing Boat Show and other events. At the east end, the 15m hall drops down to grade level, allowing for the extra height and providing a direct link with the landscape.