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Concept images of proposed £1bn London Olympia revamp

Consultant Pell Frischmann has published images of the proposed £1bn redevelopment of London’s Olympia Exhibition Centre.

The consultant has been appointed to deliver structural engineering services for the project, which is being developed by a consortium led by Yoo Capital and Deutsche Finance, Olympia’s owners.

The £1bn project will involve revamping existing exhibition halls and adding 51,000m² of office, studio and co-working space. In addition, the new centre will have a four-screen cinema, a 1,000-seat performing arts space, a 1,500-seat theatre, and 900m² of performance and rehearsal space.

There is speculation about whether Mace or Laing O’Rourke will ultimately be appointed to deliver the project as both firms are understood to be in the running.

Pell Frischmann director of structural and civil engineering Mike Hitchens said: “The site has a rich history and is an important landmark for UK industry and the local community – and the project will create the latest go-to destination in the capital with not just an exhibition centre but a wealth of public realm and creative facilities.”

The project was approved by the council in January. It is expected to create more than 3,000 construction jobs over the next five years and approximately 5,400 local jobs after completion.

Enabling works will begin this year, with main construction work due to start in early 2020.

The venue hosts more than 220 exhibitions and events each year including the Olympia Horse Show’ and Stylist Live. It will remain in operation during construction.

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