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September 27, 2011

Construction of ILA grounds well under way

Construction work at Berlin ExpoCenter Airport well within the projected timetable – ground infrastructure measures to begin

Berlin, 27 September 2011 – Construction work at the new ILA grounds directly adjacent to BER, the capital’s new airport, is well within the projected timetable. Six weeks after the symbolic groundbreaking ceremony at Berlin ExpoCenter Airport bulldozers and excavators have transformed the former grass wasteland, levelling the sandy surface. This was achieved by shifting 48,000 cubic metres of earth in five building sections. This means that ground levelling measures have now almost been completed. The Berlin Air Show will be taking place in one year’s time, from 11 to 16 September 2012.

During the next construction phase trenches will be dug to enable later installation of pipes and cables for the water supply, electricity and communications. Overall, more than 11,000 metres of water pipes will be installed to carry drinking water, wastewater and rainwater. In addition, over 15,000 metres of hollow piping will be installed underground which will carry 34,000 metres of high, medium and low-voltage cabling. This will power all the electrical, telecoms and IT systems which eventually will supply the exhibition grounds when trade fair operations get fully under way. These infrastructure measures are due to be completed by the end of April 2012.

Work is also moving forward apace on the airport section directly next door to the ILA grounds. Construction will take place of 50,000 square metres of outdoor display area alone, which is destined for aircraft displays, as well as of the Bravo taxiway, which will connect the ILA grounds with the new southbound runway at BER, making it possible to position aircraft and helicopters and to hold the ILA’s flight display programme.

Starting in October 2011 construction will begin of an 800-metre long bypass, which six weeks later will run past the  northern edge of the grounds. The road (L 75) currently dissecting the exhibition grounds will then become a central boulevard.