Ally PAlly mAsterPlAn reveAledAn ambitious six-stage masterplan for the regeneration of London's Alexandra Palace has been released for public consultation.The venue appointed Sir Terry Farrell and Partners to develop a masterplan for the site's regeneration in March. The result sees redevelopment broken into six "big ideas", a combination of short-term refurbishment and long-term work expected to cost tens of millions of pounds.According to Ally Pally CEO Duncan Wilson, the masterplan will establish the palace's position as an events destination, realise the community and learning potential of the site, improve the venue's financial position and conserve its historic legacy. The first two stages of the masterplan aim to improve the accessibility and visual impact of the east, west and main south entrances. To achieve this, the venue is exploring options to turn the road in front of the main south terrace into a shared space for cars and pedestrians, much like the new-look Exhibition Road in South Kensington. The third stage will improve circulation within the venue by reopening unused corridors and refurbishing existing thoroughfares. Stage three will also ensure spaces such as the main halls and ice rink can operate independently. Under stage four, improvements would be made to the main halls. Lighting is to be upgraded and the glass roof of the Great Hall repaired, while backstage areas will Qd restructures with new focusScotland-based exhibition organiser QD Events has cancelled future editions of its Scottish Baby and Toddler Shows in Glasgow as part of a company restructure. QD Events MD Fran McIntyre told EN the decision to exit the baby show market will allow the team to concentrate on consumer sectors being served through its news8 www.exhibitionnews.co.ukScottish Wedding and Scottish Caravan and Outdoor Leisure Shows. The last Scottish Baby and Toddler Show was held at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) in Glasgow in April. "This decision will allow us to concentrate on the new 'business-to-business' opportunities both in Scotland and across the rest of the UK," McIntyre added. QD has also announced a series of staff changes following its restructure, which saw six people made redundant.Former sales manager for Scottish Wedding Shows, Angela Smith, has been promoted to show manager, while Jill Wadge takes over as show manager of Base Glasgow, a conference-led event that focuses on reducing the city's carbon emissions by 30 per cent over the next 10 years. QD has also appointed former Blenheim and Emap executive Gary Hughes as its new chair to replace Jim Faulds. In other news, QD held its second annual London Pet Show (pictured) at Earls Court 2 in May after a successful debut at Olympia. The consumer event attracted more than 16,000 animal lovers. tech gurus onlineSticky Wicket's wooden spoonCharity cricket tournament sticky wicket has secured The enterprise Hotel as the sponsor of its first wooden spoon Prize. sticky wicket takes placed on 21 June at the Hub, Regent's Park. Confirmed teams include representatives from Aztec, Clarion events, Closerstill Media, earls Court and Olympia, excel London, Fresh Montgomery, Informa, Leith's, Melville, Ocean Media, The neC, sO Group and UBM Live. The enterprise Hotel will sponsor the first wooden spoon prize for a team demonstrating more enthusiasm than prowess. Last year's sticky wicket raised £30,000 for charity the Lord's Taverners. SECC installs Hydro roofThe central roof section of The Hydro, the 12,000-capacity entertainment arena being built in Glasgow, has been lifted into place. The 48m diameter central section took five days and saw a giant steel central section, weighing 330 tonnes, move up the height of a 48m high temporary tower via eight hydraulic jacks with steel cables connected to lifting eyes. executive GM Gordon Anderson claimed the operation was the "most complex feat of engineering in scotland this year". The next step involves placing 16 roof segments on the perimeter of the building and the central section. The Hydro, designed by Foster and Partners, will open in 2013 and play host to about 140 events each year. Clinical Pharmacy exhibitor winCloserstill Media has claimed a 105 per cent rebooking rate at its first Clinical Pharmacy Congress at excel London in April. The event focused on clinical pharmacists in secondary and primary care and featured 75 exhibitors. Clinical Pharmacy Congress also offered a five-stream conference programme delivering 6,034 hours of CPD training to the event's 1,272 delegates. Closerstill Media's congress director Chris Down said a major focus was on helping the nHs trust and private hospital pharmacists to improve standards and share best practices in the face of deepening health sector cuts. A former Tarsus Group staffer has launched a new online resource providing advice on exhibition and event-oriented technologies and tools. events Guru features practical information and guidance on how technologies can be used to manage and optimise event planning and management software, registration packages and apps, onsite interactivity and participation tools, engagement solutions and technical innovations for features and content. Founder Heidi williams, who was previously a business development director, said the free site will also feature a series of advice-led webinars. "There has been a real explosion of technologies in the events and live marketing space in the last couple of years and as an event organiser myself, I have found it difficult to source or select suppliers or find information about the options available," she said. be improved for performers. Ally Pally is also considering introducing colonnaded aisles with mezzanine balconies to improve service zones and acoustics. Conservation of the rose windows and Henry Willis pipe organ are also under review. The fifth stage will see a hotel built within the existing Victorian façade and across the derelict south-west tower. The final stage is aimed at reopening the 3,000-seat Victorian theatre, BBC Studios and basement.Wilson hopes to raise investment from both the private and public sector and will approach partners, hoteliers, potential donors and the Heritage Lottery Fund later this year. Each stage is designed to stand independently. Public consultation runs until 30 June.
Paul Hicks has created the fourth in a series of commemorative artworks. Paul is the winner of the public competition to produce a new piece celebrating Olympia's125th anniversary. You can find out more, and see other competition entries at www.olympia.co.uk