ExCeL is now a hospital

Updated on April 3, 2020 in Venues
6 on March 25, 2020

Well, that’s a big call by someone! My first thoughts on this is that this is a tremendous act of goodwill by ExCeL London, to hand itself over to the NHS to cope with excess cases and relief. I’m seeing more and more examples of the events industry stepping in to offer its assets to help the greater cause.

How long,  I wonder, will it be a hospital, and what does it mean for events that are supposed to be happening there later this year that so far haven’t been rearranged?

 
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0 on March 26, 2020

This is excellent community work in this tough time for all venues to keep doors open and keep publicity going! Great work ExCel London. 

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0 on March 31, 2020

Am I the only one who gets wound up by the media referring to it as a conference venue, it’s clearly in the exhibition hall.

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2 on April 2, 2020

The speed of transforming ExCeL into Nightingale hospital London is a great reflection on the skills and resources at our great venues and contractor communities and puts our industry and its ability to contribute right in the public eye. Good to see UK’s event industry heroes joining not just the NHS national effort but other major venues around the world i(including IFEMA Madrid, Messe Wien, Javits Center, Tehran and Karachi Expos and many others) in showing what our industry can do on the ground. Can we build it? Yes, we can! And worth remembering that convention centres have also been rallying points in the past for natural disasters including flooding in New Orleans and places of safety in times of troubles.

on April 2, 2020

Reading social media posts about this, no-one mentions the exhibition industry.  They don’t even know it exists – the military seem to get the kudos, not the venue and contractors – there is a story here.

on April 2, 2020

Very true, Arran. And our contractors don’t only not get full credit for building so many hospital cubicles in double-quick time, but PRG in New York and Germany have even turned their hands to producing protective shields for medical staff and technical equipment for the field hospitals too. We are used to praising Chinese builders for putting up hotels in no time at all – but what about our event production companies and standbuilders who are now able to show to a national audience what they are able to do as a matter of course, as well as showing ingenuity to create new products.

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…and Harrogate too. Great to see Paula Lorimer praised the catering staff at Harrogate Convention Centre, many of whom have returned from lay-off to help out as the venue facilities host the 500-bed The NHS Nightingale Hospital Yorkshire and Humber’. Once again, our industry’s workforce is key to the success of such plans. Read the full story here: https://www.c-mw.net/uk-nhs-adds-harrogate-convention-centre-to-covid-19-hospital-list/

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