After a construction period of around three and a half years, the modernisation of Messe Essen has been completed. With the inauguration of the new Hall 5, one of the technically most modern exhibition centres in Germany went into full operation today. The handover of the keys by the general contractor Implenia Hochbau to the management of Messe Essen marked the official completion of the major construction project. Not only did the conversion keep on schedule, it also fell short of the planned budget of 88.567 million euros by around 250,000 euros. Openness and light as well as a clearly structured, logistically flexible site characterise the New Messe Essen.