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December 20, 2011

ILA grounds now taking recognizable form

Berlin, 20 December 2011 – The first buildings on the new ILA grounds are now taking shape on what were uncultivated fields only last summer. The new Berlin ExpoCenter Airport is currently under construction immediately adjacent to BER, the capital’s new airport, and the ILA Berlin Air Show is one of the events it will be hosting, from 11 to 16 September 2012.

The size of the first of three permanent exhibition halls is already apparent, with some 80 reinforced concrete pillars surrounding an area of around 6,500 square metres. Trusses will be attached to these pillars to support the roof structure. The concrete foundations for the other halls have almost all been laid, well before the winter frost period begins, enabling erection of the reinforced concrete pillars to go ahead without being affected by the weather. The aim is to install the hall cladding before the end of the year, so that internal fitting out can proceed despite ice, frost and snow.

And the recycled asphalt strips that will eventually guide people around the exhibition grounds have already been laid too. They are currently serving as roadways for vehicles going to and from the planned halls. The new northerly detour came into use on 14 December, enabling vehicles to avoid the site. Climbing plants are already growing on the noise barrier that protects the village of Selchow. And the final underground supply lines have now been installed on the south-western section of the exhibition site.

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