Work to expand the Excel exhibition centre is now well underway as work on a new structure to the east continues.
The expansion will bring around a 25 per cent increase in floorspace when complete in 2024.
Whilst welcome in terms of jobs and holding exhibitions drawing the crowds it’s still regretful that a site is so low-rise in a city crying out for more homes – particularly with excellent transport links via the DLR and Elizabeth line so close.
Much of the centre is a vast expanse with a very low-rise building, and the latest Phase 3 isn’t that much different.
As usual with new ground-scrapers such as this near excellent transport links much is made of “green” credentials, though bigger green credentials would be higher density mixed-use land resulting in fewer homes being built as part of urban sprawl.
As it is, there’s no new homes or even hotels above new convention space. And still the developers waffle on about sustainability ad nauseum.