London Royal Docks organisations join forces to create a global destination for innovation and technology

ABP Royal Albert Dock announce a new partnership with ExCeL London

London, 13 June – Chinese developer ABP, which is creating a new business district at Royal Albert Dock for companies from the UK and China the developer of Royal Albert Dock, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with ExCeL International Exhibition Centre to jointly attract international enterprises to the Royal Docks to drive economic growth for east London.

ABP and ExCeL recognise that innovation and technology will perform an increasingly significant role in the future of the east London economy. Both parties agreed to provide ongoing and sustainable platforms for productive exchange among tech businesses and identify new business opportunities and attract tech businesses to the Royal Docks from international markets.

The collaborative activities will include: 

  • Participating in a range of business forums, conferences, discussions with a view to building greater understanding of the Royal Docks among tech businesses and further raise awareness of the Royal Docks.
  • Hosting a tech conference twice yearly in the Royal Docks.
  • Facilitating familiarisation visits from key media in the technology sector.
  • Cross promoting visits from international tech delegations to visit both ABP Royal Albert Dock and the Excel International Exhibition Centre.

“By co-operating we can attract greater investment from technology companies into the Royal Docks and increase their interest in using the Royal Docks to showcase products and services. Ultimately a prosperous Royal Dock will support the growth of east London and bring more opportunities to our community,” said John Miu, Chief Operating Officer of ABP London who signed the MOU along with James Rees, Executive Director for Conferences & Events of ExCeL London during the ABP International Tech Exhibition at Royal Albert Dock.

Jeremy Rees, Acting CEO, ExCeL London, added: “At ExCeL London, every year we bring together 4 million people from all over the world to meet, trade and do business, across 300 world leading events. This includes over 30 technology-focused events, welcoming over 400,000 professionals in the sector. Our Memorandum of Understanding with ABP London, will enable us to attract greater investment and continue to position London’s Royal Docks as a centre of technology and innovation. We are delighted to announce this exciting partnership and look forward to working more closely with ABP to drive further opportunities for our dynamic destination.”


Notes to editors

About ABP Royal Albert Dock

  • ABP has an enviable track record for large-scale regeneration developments. ABP’s first project in Beijing 2003 was completed in 2010, the 15 million sq ft development is home to more than 500 companies employing 50,000 employees. ABP continues to make an impact with developments underway in Qingdao and Shenyang, and plans for a massive 180 million sq ft project in Haining.
  • In 2013, ABP acquired the 35-acre Royal Albert Dock site. The first phase of around 650,000 sq ft of development is due to open in early 2019 and the first occupiers are likely to be tech companies from the UK and China. 
  • Crossrail arrives in the Royal Docks in December 2018.
  • ABP is committed to investing £1.7bn to deliver and create this 4.7 million sq ft new district in London. According to government figures, the project will create over 30,000 new jobs and bring £6bn to the economy.


About ExCeL London

ExCeL London is the capital’s international convention and exhibition centre, located in London’s Royal Docks. Since opening in November 2000, ExCeL London has hosted over 4,000 events including trade and consumer exhibitions, conferences, association meetings, product launches, AGMs, gala dinners, award ceremonies, sporting events and religious festivals. More than twenty million people from over 200 different countries have visited ExCeL London.  ExCeL London was acquired by ADNEC, the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company in 2008.

For further information, and photographs for media use, please contact:

Neil Robinson
Director of Global Communications
ABP (London) Investment Ltd
T: +44 (0) 203 8188 540


John Miu (front right), Chief Operating Officer of ABP London signed the MOU along with James Rees, Executive Director for Conferences & Events of ExCeL London during the ABP International Tech Week Exhibition at Royal Albert Dock.

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