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CBRE, the global real estate advisor, has been reappointed to provide facilities management (FM) services to the NEC Group across its UK portfolio spanning more than 2mn sq ft including two high profile arenas.

The NEC Group, founded in 1976, is one of the world’s top venue management companies, operating the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), the ICC, the Genting Arena (formerly the LG Arena) and the Barclaycard Arena (formerly the NIA) in Birmingham.

  • The NEC is the UK’s largest exhibition facility, home to Crufts and Autosport International, with around 2mn sq ft of flexible exhibition space receiving more than two million visitors a year. It celebrated its 40th anniversary in early February alongside Spring Fair, the first event to be held at the venue and its longest-running show.

  • The ICC is one of Europe’s premier conference centres. On average the venue hosts 350 events and welcomes more than 300,000 delegates each year. This October sees the return of the Conservative Party Conference with 11,000 delegates scheduled to attend.

  • The Genting Arena is one of the UK’s top venues with a capacity of up to 15,700. In 2009, it underwent a multi-million pound re-development programme and on average receives 900,000 visitors to the arena each year.

  • The Barclaycard Arena is a mixed used sports and entertainment venue which also underwent a multi-million pound re-development program in 2014, providing a flexible capacity of up to 16,000. In 2018 the Arena will host the World Indoor Athletics Championships and receives 500,000 visitors per year.

The extended agreement also includes support for the VOX Conference Centre located in Resorts World Birmingham, the UK’s largest multi-use retail and leisure facility.

CBRE has been delivering a range of services for the NEC Group since 2012 including Mechanical & Electrical (M&E), civil engineering, fabric maintenance, postal and automotive garage services alongside technical event services which provide electric, gas, water and waste supplies directly to exhibition stands.

Darren Smith, Business Unit Director at CBRE
The NEC Group is synonymous with first class venues and entertainment in the UK. To maintain and enhance this status it’s imperative that event organisers, exhibitors and visitors alike receive an exceptional service. To be entrusted to manage internationally renowned venues is testament to our reputation with live venues and the strength of our FM offering. We are proud to be an extension of NEC Group’s team and look forward to continuing our long standing relationship.
Darren Smith, Business Unit Director at CBRE
John Hornby, Chief Operating Officer at NEC Group
We have a reputation for exceptional operational delivery in our venues. CBRE is an important part of the team ensuring we maintain our high operational standards and we are delighted to extend our relationship with them. We have ambitious plans to develop our business further. Having capable delivery partners such as CBRE working with us will be a significant contributor to our success in delivering against those plans.
John Hornby, Chief Operating Officer at NEC Group