A topping out ceremony has been held to mark a landmark stage in the redevelopment of Olympia’s West Hall.
The ceremony took place on the upper floor of a new two-level building constructed within the footprint of what was previously a single-storey exhibition hall.
Providing 7,600m2 of high class exhibition space, the redeveloped venue stands behind a retained 1850s brick façade and will connect to the adjoining Grade II listed Victorian Grand Hall and 1920s Olympia 2 buildings.
The Olympia entrance from Blythe Road is also being remodelled under the scheme and a new visitor entrance provided.
A key element in the enhancement works at Olympia, the project has been phased to avoid impacting on the site’s ongoing exhibition and conference business.
Nigel Nathan, Group Managing Director of client Earls Court & Olympia Venues, said: “Our vision for Olympia respects the fabric of this historic building whilst also making the internal space easier to access and more flexible for organisers to use.
“This topping out ceremony for the West Hall - an important landmark in the delivery of this project - is a nod to tradition. But it is also marks Olympia’s progress and celebrates its exciting future.”
A topping out ceremony is held to mark a structure reaching its full height.