The shape of things to come

Hall 1 in­vestors pos­i­tive about ben­e­fits of ex­hi­bi­tion cen­tre at halfway stage of build

Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - FRONT PAGE -

Hall 1, a 20,000 square me­tre event space tak­ing shape on the site of TAG Farn­bor­ough Air­port, is now in week 35 of a 69week build and is due to open in Fe­bru­ary.

The project, led by Farn­bor­ough In­ter­na­tional, or­gan­iser of the Farn­bor­ough Air­show, is set to cre­ate the ‘ lead­ing events venue for the south of Eng­land out­side Lon­don’.

Last week, Farn­bor­ough In­ter­na­tional bosses held a tour of the fa­cil­ity for rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the bod­ies that jointly funded the de­vel­op­ment of Hall 1. The En­ter­prise M3 lo­cal en­ter­prise part­ner­ship ( LEP), Hamp­shire County Coun­cil, Rush­moor Bor­ough Coun­cil and Bar­clays Bank to­gether pro­vided £ 30 mil­lion fund­ing for the project.

Michael Wat­ton, venue di­rec­tor, said: “This was a great op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate a unique de­vel­op­ment for Farn­bor­ough, made pos­si­ble by the vi­sion of our fund­ing part­ners.

“We are proud to se­cure the fu­ture of both the air- show and the on­go­ing events busi­ness through this in­no­va­tive fund­ing ar­range­ment,” he added.

“Five events are al­ready se­cured for Hall 1, along with the next Farn­bor­ough In­ter­na­tional Air­show, demon­strat­ing that this venue will bring sig­nif­i­cant eco­nomic ben­e­fits to our area for years to come.”

Ge­off French, chair­man of the En­ter­prise M3 LEP board, praised the ‘ re­mark­able progress made in the de­vel­op­ment of this world- class ex­hi­bi­tion and con­fer­ence cen­tre’.

He said: “We look for­ward to the next Farn­bor­ough Air­show, when Hall 1 will host the world’s avi­a­tion and aerospace in­dus­try. It will sup­port bil­lions of pounds worth of trade deals and bring sig­nif­i­cant eco­nomic ben­e­fits to our area.

“We are con­fi­dent that it will make Farn­bor­ough an im­por­tant hub for in­ter­na­tional busi­ness events in ad­di­tion to the air­show.”

Once com­pleted, Hall 1 will boast 12,500sq m of ex­hi­bi­tion space, con­fer­ence space for up to 2,500 del­e­gates and nine pur­pose- built func­tion rooms.

Its de­sign was de­vel­oped by ar­chi­tects Ter­ence O’Rourke, draw­ing heav­ily on Farn­bor­ough’s as­so­ci­a­tion with aerospace test­ing and de­vel­op­ment in its fa­mous wind tun­nels.

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