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March 2018

Press Contact:

Anne Meerboth-Maltz
Tel. (312)781-5185
Fax (312) 781-5188

Messe Düsseldorf North America
150 North Michigan Avenue
Suite 2920
Chicago, IL 60601


In summer 2017, Düsseldorf’s Lord Mayor Thomas Geisel, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Messe Düsseldorf, Helmut Oberholz, Managing Partner of the commissioned architects’ office slapa oberholz pszczulny sop architekten, Thomas Kleine-Kalmer, division manager of general contractor Köster GmbH and Werner M. Dornscheidt, President and CEO of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, kicked off one of the most ambitious construction projects in the history of Messe Düsseldorf with the ground-breaking ceremony.

By summer 2019 the company will build not only a new multi-functional hall with conference facilities but also a fully glazed new south entrance complete with a translucent, LED-lit canopy roof and adjacent underground parking. It will be one of the most state-of-the-art and multi-functional trade fair locations and convention venues meeting both the highest architectural and functional standards. The investment in this new Complex South totals EUR 140 million.

“With the start of construction we have taken an important step towards the complete modernization and renovation of our premises at our home base; and we continue adapting the exhibition center to our customers’ demands and requirements thereby increasing our service excellence even further. And as always this is done without any subsidies,” stated Werner Dornscheidt. By 2030 Messe Düsseldorf will invest a total of some EUR 636 million in its premises. “With this move Messe Düsseldorf secures its position as one of the leading trade fair companies worldwide and as the most profitable trade fair organizer with its own venue in Europe. Messe Düsseldorf is a key economic factor for Düsseldorf – investment in its future benefits the whole region,” said Lord Mayor Thomas Geisel.

Facing the city in a new way: the South Entrance
The new South Entrance will give Messe Düsseldorf a contemporary presence directly on the banks of the Rhine river with a view towards Düsseldorf. Trade fair visitors and convention delegates will be welcomed by a new illuminated and translucent awning, 83,950 square feet in size and about 65 feet high. It will be a powerful architectural icon at this highly visible point of the exhibition center. Jurek Slapa, Managing Partner at sop architekten, noted: “The awning gives the Düsseldorf exhibition center a new face and a distinctive address in a unique position between the Rhine and the Nordpark. At the same time it integrates the existing convention center, CCD, ensuring a sensitive approach to existing structures.” With its length of 558 feet and a width of 305 feet, it will offer plenty of space for trade fair visitors and convention delegates before they even reach the exhibition or convention center.

The South Entrance will be open towards the forecourt across a completely glazed front, 305 feet in length. Over 6,560 square feet of space will accommodate all the necessary services, such as cashiers and coat checks. The first floor will have a glass-enclosed meeting room protruding into the foyer. Moreover, the entire foyer can be used for events. The forecourt will provide access to an underground parking garage with 300 spaces as well as bus and taxi stops.

New Hall 1: ready for use in 2019
The scope of the renovation will also include a newly built Hall 1. After interpack 2017, Halls 1 and 2 were demolished and work on the new hall started. This new building will be ready for use in autumn 2019. With 518 feet in length, 252 feet in width and comprising over 129,160 square feet, the new hall will be about the size of the existing halls 8a and 8b. The new hall will meet the high technical standards of the entire exhibition center. It will be accessible via 7 gates, and will allow suspensions from the ceiling and also the supply to the stands from the hall floor. For visitors, the hall is connected to the CCD South via a bridge on the 1st floor. In addition to being connected to halls 3 and 4, a special route will lead from the South Entrance directly to the rest of the fairgrounds

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Messe Dusseldorf North America Located at 150 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2920, Chicago, IL. Phone: 312-781-5180. .