Launch of the "New Messe Essen"

Good news for exhibitors and visitors: Messe Essen is implementing the modernisation of the exhibition grounds as planned. With the expansion and renovation, Essen will provide one of the most technologically modern exhibition centres in Germany and thus a contemporary and competitive marketplace. The modernisation measures will not only be real architectural eye-catchers, but also fully meet the needs of exhibitors and visitors as an exhibition centre. Inviting entrance areas, a spacious and complete one-storey hall structure with a consistent look and feel and the latest technology - this combination ensures future viability for Messe Essen. The groundbreaking ceremony for the construction project with an investment volume of around 90 million euros will take place on 2 May 2016.

The modernisation is an important step towards the appeal and competitiveness of our trade fair location," says Messe Managing Director Oliver P. Kuhrt. "I am very pleased that our conversion concept is incorporating the wishes of exhibitors and visitors. Short distances, contemporary architecture and a spacious, single-storey hall structure with simple routing - the ‘new Messe Essen’ provides perfect conditions both for industry and consumer trade fairs.”

Among the most important challenges for the conversion is the elimination of the existing two-storey halls while retaining the floor space requirements. Planned are five new, large halls with optimised logistics in place of today’s fourteen small-scale buildings in the northern area. In addition, a modern glass foyer with approximately 2,000 square meters of floor space is planned for the east entrance and new facades are planned for the east and north.

The modernisation of the entire exhibition grounds also includes the power supply and air conditioning. For example, the latest ventilation technology will ensure a stable temperature and high air quality through various halls. In addition, the concept involves the creation of additional space in today's foyer areas in order to expand the available meeting and convention space. The establishment of a stylish guest lounge and a VIP club with its own entrance and separate access drive will round out the new look of Messe Essen.

"The new plans represent an exhibition site that more than meets all the requirements of our current and future exhibition portfolio", said Oliver P. Kuhrt. “Under high pressure, we will now tackle the next planning stages and the tender for the construction work, in order to adhere to the planned groundbreaking ceremony on 2 May 2016."