Since opening in 2000, ExCel London has hosted over 2,000 events, with over five million visitors from 200 countries. The venue is now under development to increase space by more than half.
The expansion will also see the introduction of a 5,000 seated semi-permanent auditorium, additional flat-floor event space, further conference and meeting rooms for 2,000 and permanent production kitchens.
Toy Fair will continue in 2009 despite the building work and organisers have been reassured that there will be minimal disruption for visitors and exhibitors.
Changes and alternative arrangements are as follows:
The east car pack will be closed throughout Toy Fair, although over 2,500 spaces will still be available.
The east entrance will be closed to pedestrians. Hotels to the east of ExCel will run a shuttle bus service for guests around opening times. All DLR passengers from the east of London should alight at Custom House for ExCel.
The south lorry way will not exist to the east. During Toy Fair this will be a two-way road that exits back on itself at the west end. This will mean fewer parking bays for unloading, but
ExCel is compensating by allocating 6,000m2 next to the Toy Fair tenancy space for lorry turning, unloading and storage.
Simon Pilling, Toy Fair event manager said: “Our priority is to ensure that exhibitors and visitors to Toy Fair 2009 enjoy a pleasant, undisrupted and straightforward experience.
“Rest assured all out exhibitors will be consulted on their ideal requirements in regards to stand building and the Toy Fair team will use this information to create a detailed build and break schedule to ensure disruption to the venue does not mean disruption to Toy Fair.”
For more information, visit www.excel-london.co.uk/exhibitionorganisers/expansionplans