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November 28, 2011

Construction of three display halls under way

Berlin, 28 November 2011 – Construction at the new ILA grounds is moving forward apace and the ground surface measures taking place at Berlin ExpoCenter Airport adjacent to BER, the capital’s new airport, are now nearing completion. The entire area is being levelled off and supply lines and sewage pipelines are being installed. Ground construction measures in preparation for building three permanent display halls have now begun before the cold weather period with sub-zero temperatures sets in The total capacity of these halls will be 20,000 square metres. At future events, if the situation requires, this area can also be supplemented with temporary halls.

Most of the pipelines for carrying water and sewage have now been laid and currently connections supplying water to the display stands as well as the rainwater drainage system are being installed. 15,000 metres of empty ducts for different types of electricity and telecoms cabling have also been laid below ground, which by the end of March 2012 will carry around 34,000 metres of high, medium and low-voltage lines. These will power all the electrical, telecoms and IT systems which eventually will supply the exhibition grounds when trade fair operations get fully under way.

In mid-November a “green” noise barrier was erected near the village of Selchow. This was filled up with earth and creepers were planted on top. A new stretch of road bypassing the northern end of the grounds is also nearly finished. It is due to be opened to traffic in early December already and will replace the current L 75. Parallel with ongoing construction at Berlin ExpoCenter Airport ground levelling in preparation for surface paving measures is also under way. For example, restoration work is to be carried out at the manor park in Selchow, where tree surgery is currently taking place. Other measures include the renaturation of a small lake and improvements to the course of paths inside the park which will begin in the spring of 2012.

This press release and the latest photos of ongoing construction can be found on the internet at: / Press / Photos.