Exhibition World Issue 5 - 2018 - Page 34

Venue Spotlight 4. Grimaldi Forum Monaco to benefi t from extension The Principality of Monaco has launched an offshore project, which will expand its territory by six hectares. Within this ambitious urban framework, the Grimaldi Forum will enjoy extended facilities in 2020. An additional area for nearly 6,000sqm will allow the Grimaldi Forum to accommodate larger-scale events and increase its exhibition capacity by 50 per cent. These extra exhibition areas and conference rooms will be easily accessible and connected to the Diaghilev Exhibition Hall on level one. This extended area will also have its own independent entrance. 5. Manchester Central expands catering Manchester Central has unveiled new kitchen facilities, allowing the venue to cater for more guests, and explore innovative menu concepts. The new open-plan layout, which increases fl oor space by 20 per cent and production capacity by 50 per cent, ensures the most effi cient fl ow from food delivery to service. This, coupled with investment in the latest culinary equipment will see the venue produce 95 per cent of its menu items in-house, allowing exhibition catering for each and every event to be tailored to suit individual 32 Issue 5 2018 requirements. A new indoor garden also means that the team can grow micro lettuces, herbs and edible fl owers to use throughout their dishes. Already committed to sustainability, this new addition to the kitchen supports the venue’s pledge to source locally wherever possible. 6. EventCity upgrades its facilities EventCity, the largest blank canvas exhibition and events venue in the north of England, has begun updating its event spaces, including Hall Four. The £500,000 refurbishment includes refurbishing all ten of the venue’s meeting rooms and renaming them after Manchester people, past and present such as Emmeline Pankhurst, George Stephenson and Tom Kilburn, creator of the fi rst computer. 7. Olympia London opens rooftop space As part of a £700 million overhaul of Olympia London, rooftop space Pergola Olympia opened in September. Set on the rooftop in botanical gardens, it will be a year-round networking and socialising space offering food and drink for up to 500 people. It features three restaurants and a bar, all surrounded by glass walls. EW brings you the latest venue developments, from the UK to Mexico and Las Vegas. w w w.exhibitionworld.co.uk