The NATIONAL EXHIBITION CENTRE (NEC) is an exhibition centre located
England . It is near junction 6 of the
M42 motorway ,
and is adjacent to
Birmingham Airport and
railway station . It has 20 interconnected halls, set in grounds of
611 acres (2.54 km2) making it the largest exhibition centre in the
UK. It is the busiest and seventh-largest exhibition centre in Europe.
Elizabeth II in February 1976, the first event to be staged
at the venue was International
Spring Fair , which has returned every
year since. Growing annually, the event now occupies all of the NEC's
20 halls and the
Genting Arena .
* 1 History
* 2 Shows
* 2.1 Yearly events
* 2.2 Young Driver
* 2.3 Christmas Party World
Davis Cup match
* 4 Car parks
* 6 Gallery
* 7 References
* 8 External links
The NEC was originally going to be built adjacent to the M1 junction
21 near Leicester but it was turned down by Leicestershire County
Council with claims that "The big shows won't move away from London".
In November 1971, the
Secretary of State for the Environment
Secretary of State for the Environment granted
outline planning approval for the
National Exhibition Centre
National Exhibition Centre in
Birmingham. The NEC, originally comprising 89,000 m2 of exhibition
space, was opened by the Queen on 2 February 1976. The building was
designed by Edward Mills.
In 1989, the Queen opened three further halls, increasing the space
to 125,000 m2. Four more halls were added in 1993, the total
exhibition space increasing to 158,000 m2. Another four new halls,
opened in September 1998 by
Neil Kinnock ,
European Commissioner for
Transport, took the total space to 190,000 m2 (2,045,142 square feet).
These buildings were designed by Seymour Harris.
The NEC is nearing completion of a five-year, £40 million venue
improvement programme which has seen improvements made to everything
from the car parking to signage, seating and catering. The most
obvious result of this development has been the redesign of the Piazza
– the central space around Halls 1 to 5, which has received a
NEC Atrium entrance 2 (2005) NEC Atrium entrance 3 (2007)
The NEC was home to the
British International Motorshow
British International Motorshow from 1978 to
2004. In addition, it also hosted the Classic Motor Show.
Since 1991, the NEC has been the venue for the international dog show
Crufts . Held over four days and using five halls as well as the
Crufts attracts an estimated 160,000 visitors annually.
The 1991 show was also
Crufts centenary year and as part of the
celebrations to mark the occasion, the
Guinness Book of Records gave
official recognition of the event's status as the world's largest dog
show, with 22,973 dogs being exhibited that year.
The NEC was the venue for the famous
Iron Maiden live album, Maiden