ILA: Berlin ExpoCenter Airport built in record time
Next door to the future major airport BER the new Berlin/Brandenburg exhibition grounds have been completed in record time. Construction of buildings for the International Air Show has already begun immediately. This year the ILA will be taking place from 11 to 16 September.
Matthias Platzeck, Ministerpräsident des Landes Brandenburg und Raimund Hosch, Vorsitzender der Geschäftsführung der Messe Berlin GmbH übergaben symbolisch den Schlüssel für das neue ExpoCenter an Dietmar Schrick, Hauptgeschäftsführer des Bundesverbandes der Deutschen Luft- und Raumfahrtindustrie e. V. (BDLI) (von links) (Foto: Messe Berlin).
Messeimmobilien Selchow GmbH (MIS) was set up on 10 November 2010 in order to manage construction of the grounds. Messe Berlin GmbH and ZukunftsAgentur Brandenburg (ZAB) each hold a 50 per cent share in the company. MIS invested around 27 million euros in the development of the new grounds. In addition, Messe Berlin spent 16 million euros on erecting three permanent display halls.
Matthias Platzeck, Minister President of the federal State of Brandenburg: “The completion of these exhibition grounds has given the ILA a new home. This is the result of a concerted effort by Brandenburg and Berlin. The region surrounding the capital is one of the aerospace sector’s leading industrial sites in Germany, which is why this long-established, leading in-ternational trade fair is in exactly in the right place. It is an outstanding event for promoting this region, which is at the forefront of cutting-edge technology. At the same time this new and modern venue which ExpoCenter Airport Berlin Brandenburg represents will make sure that in the future the show remains an even match for Europe’s major air shows.“
Since the symbolic groundbreaking ceremony on 18 August 2011 bulldozers and excavators, vibrating rollers and asphalt laying machines have transformed what was once a wasteland into exhibition grounds covering 250,000 square metres.
While the infrastructure measures were ongoing the ground project planners commissioned the construction of three permanent display halls cover-ing an area of more than 20,000 square metres. These pillar-free structures made of steel and concrete and featuring a facade of powder-coated aluminium are ideal for trade fairs, events and presentations. The ground plate consists of steel fibre reinforced concrete, allowing even the heaviest of objects to be transported into the halls.
In summer 2012 construction will begin of the parking areas required for the ILA. A total of around 14,000 parking places for exhibitors, visitors and the press will be built within walking distance of the exhibition area. A spe-cial type of grass will mostly be sown in these areas, thereby keeping the areas green.