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Sadiq Khan voices support for future of QEII Centre

London must remain open for business says mayor
18/10/2016

Pictured: The QEII Centre

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has joined industry professionals in voicing concern over the future of the Queen Elizabeth II Conference (QEII) Centre. Speaking exclusively to Meetpie.com, the Mayor’s office issued this statement regarding the magazine’s Hands off campaign. 

“Sadiq wants the world to know that London is open for business, and he hopes that a solution can be found that both protect London’s reputation for hosting great exhibitions and events, whilst ensuring the House of Lords can relocate to a suitable venue. London lacks sufficient major conference space to meet the huge international demand as it is – the Mayor is determined to keep London open to prestigious international events and the jobs they generate.”

Meanwhile a spokesperson for the Palace of Westminster renewal and restoration programme told Meetpie.com that in order to keep costs to a minimum the committee aimed to use of as much Parliamentary Estate as possible while work to the Palace is underway.

The spokesperson said: “The QEII Centre was identified as being potentially a suitable option for additional temporary accommodation for the House of Lords, including its Chamber, but these recommendations are subject to further feasibility work and value-for-money assessments.”

As for recent proposals by US architectural giant Gensler to design a purpose built floating structure to be moored off Westminster the spokesperson added: “The committee did consider proposals for a temporary structure on the River. However, this was discounted for a number of reasons, most significantly on the grounds of security.”

This proposal was, however, publicly endorsed by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn last week. Mr Corbyn noted that the river proposal 'had merit and should be looked at'. 

This month sees the Centre celebrate its 30th anniversary, please click here to add your voice to our petition and help secure the future of this central London venue. 

Here's what people are saying about this

I work for a PCO in London. This can affect a lot of business coming into the city. QEII is one of the few, mayor event spaces in the heart of London. Please consider other venue.
Maria Gema Rodriguez Murillo, London,

Being the central meeting place for companies holding their Annual Reports it could mean they would have to meet elsewhere and thus loose a lot of support which they get in such a suitable central venue.
Jackie Raggett, Rainham

I've been to an event at the QEII centre and think the facilities were excellent and location is great for the international forum. I plan to organise a large conference in 2018 and the QEII was on the top of my list for the venue.
Moz Khudairi, Surbiton

The government is always talking about the North. Now is the time to support the North of England by moving government here for a time.
Ruth Roberts, York

I'm signing because if this goes ahead, it means London could lose one of its last remaining, dedicated conference facilities in the heart of the city – potentially costing millions of pounds of lost events business.
Sarah Fleming, Alderley Edge

The QEii is a fantastic Venue for events and Conferences -the past few years have seen some fantastic refurbishments. It needs to be kept as it is - long live the QEII as a Conference & Events Centre.
Nicole Roberts, Colchester

I work in live events and I believe this will have a detrimental effect on our industry. Furthermore, the government could use this opportunity to move the government to another part of the country in order to boast the area.
Kieron Garlic, Sutton

I am a conference agent and appreciate the facilities that QEII offers my clients.
Gill Smillie, Redhill

This is a very important part of our industry and London will be damaged if our meeting and events stock is reduced.
Jacqui Kavanagh, Stamford



 

  • Rav Wardle 18/10/2016

    Thank goodness the Mayor of London has finally spoken up. Please let this be the voice of common sense. We need good Central London event space to be able to compete effectively with the likes of Paris and Barcelona etc


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