Designs revealed for new £30m Farnborough exhibition centre

Farnborough International has unveiled details of a new exhibition and conference centre, due to open in time for the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow.

The purpose-built event space will offer exhibitors 12,500sqm of floorspace and will be able to host a conference of up to 2,500 people. There will also be 14 multipurpose function rooms.

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Michael Watton, who was recently appointed as Farnborough International venue director, said: “This part of the country has long been crying out for a large purpose-built event space with easy access to London, Gatwick and Heathrow.

“The flexibility and scale of our existing and new event space will make Farnborough attractive to any event organiser whether it’s a membership-based conference with exhibition space or a major exhibition with a requirement for seminar or workshop space.”

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The announcement of the new centre comes as Farnborough International unveils a new logo, designed to imitate the flow of air over the wings of an aircraft.

Farnborough International chief executive Shaun Ormrod said; “This is a new and incredibly exciting phase in Farnborough’s long, pioneering history. We have already established the quality and reliability of the Farnborough Airshow experience in a permanent venue.

“Now we are ready to take it to the next level with a state-of-the-art new facility that reflects both our aviation heritage and our modernity at the same time. I am confident that Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre will become one of the foremost event venues not just in the UK, but throughout the world.”