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Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre
Hampshire

Client: Farnborough International Ltd

  • Architecture

  • Landscape architecture

  • Town planning


“The new Hall 1 experienced a very successful launch year which is a great endorsement of the quality of this facility and the value it delivers; it is an inspiring location for events that engage and motivate. This is a competitive industry and we need to continue working hard in order to build on what has been achieved. This means continuing to delight organisers and capitalising on our location in the heart of the sci:tech corridor with access to the UK’s most affluent population working in internationally competitive industries.”

MICHAEL WATTON, Venue Director, FIL

Awards
2019: LABC Building Excellence Awards South East - Best Large Commercial Project 2016: Construction Computing Awards - Best Use of IT in a Construction Project 2016

The Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre is a 20,300 sq.m exhibition and conference building at Farnborough Airport. As well as providing exhibition, media centre and catering facilities for the Airshow, the building is a new exhibition and conference facility serving the growing market for exhibition, trade show, conferences and other events within the M3 corridor area.

The building centres around a 12,500 sq.m exhibition hall, wrapped on its northern side with 3,600 sq.m of flexible function areas. These range in size from a space capable of provide theatre-style seating for up to 1,100, down to a boardroom looking out over the airfield. At either end of the central circulation “street” glazed double height foyers provide bold entrances to the building. The building also contains support and service facilities, including catering facilities able to supply up to 1,500 meals.

The sympathetic design responds to its gateway location within the site, and shows association with aviation engineering excellence through the use of a feature “airflow” brise soliel to the primary elevation,intended to evoke the image of air flowing around an aerodynamic profile in a wind tunnel.