Heatherwick Studio and SPPARC Architects are to draw up plans for a revamp of the Olympia exhibition centre in west London
The firms were chosen by Yoo Capital, which jointly owns the 130-year-old building with Deutsch Finance.
The practices have been briefed to introduce new uses to the building, including a hotel, theatre, entertainment venues, museums, co-working spaces and restaurants.
Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studio said: ‘My studio’s passion is improving the public experience of cities for everyone. During this first phase, we are beginning to talk to people, particularly local residents and visitors, to learn more about Olympia London, and are looking forward to working on the project.’
The exhibition centre was built in 1886 as the National Agricultural Hall to designs by architect Henry Edward Coe. Today it is home to more than 220 exhibitions and events each year, including the Olympia Horse Show and Stylist Live. Buildings on the site were listed in 2003.
Yoo Capita managing partner Lloyd Lee said: ‘We are listening to local stakeholders Hammersmith and Fulham Council, the Greater London Authority, exhibition organisers and the local community to ensure Olympia London achieves its original vision.’
In 2010, ColladoCollins landed planning permission for a project to upgrade the Olympia exhibition centre with the addition of a restaurant, offices, conference facilities and, potentially, a 500-bedroom hotel.
However, earlier this year, the building’s previous owner, Capital & Counties Properties sold the building and related property assets in a £296 million deal