Good reason to celebrate: The shell is almost complete, which is decorated with multicoloured ribbons, a 200 kg topping-out wreath is hanging at the Paul Horn Hall. Thomas Sonnenschmidt, foreman of the structural engineering specialists Moser from Leonberg, who were commissioned with the shell construction, blessed the new building on the grounds of Messe Stuttgart at today's topping-out ceremony. He thanked the client (Projektgesellschaft Neue Messe), as well as the architects (wulf architekten gmbh), in his topping-out speech (extract): "We now wish the client lots of joy, energy and strength, and we hope AMB, CMT, the congresses, etc. enjoy sold-out events."
The glass of red wine thrown after the ceremony, to which Sonnenschmidt toasted the success of the new exhibition hall, smashed into many pieces. The good wishes were thus once again reinforced, in exactly the same way as intended by the 14th century tradesman custom.
Ulrich Kromer, CEO and President of Messe Stuttgart, extended a heartfelt thanks to the approximately 150 tradesmen present: "You have delivered excellent work, the Paul Horn Hall and the West entrance are on schedule." Some of the guests included Wolfgang Reimer, District President of the Administrative District of Stuttgart, Stuttgart's Mayor and Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Messe Stuttgart, Michael Föll, as well as members of the Supervisory Board Dr. Nicola Schelling and Karl Krämer.
The construction of the Paul Horn Hall is on schedule. In November 2015 the old West entrance and the P25 car park were demolished. The shell construction began in December 2015 with the excavation for the foundation of the hall. The steelwork for the hall was erected in the middle of April 2016. Around 2,800 tonnes of reinforcing steel and 20,500 cubic metres of concrete have been installed. The steelwork was completed at the turn of the year 2016/2017, the building shell is tight. Interior construction has been underway since October last year. The hall floor is currently being installed with the channels through which the electrical, compressed air, fresh water and waste water lines will be later guided. This work is about 70 percent complete and should be fully completed by the end of May. Then the technical design of the hall will be completed. At the West entrance the screed is currently being poured, the dry lining is in full swing and the walls are almost complete. The ceiling cladding will be done once the technical work under the ceilings is complete. The installation of the doors and wall coverings is planned from June. The construction of the outdoor areas and asphalt works will run at the same time. In order to be able to press ahead with this construction work as planned, an average of around 150 workers from various trades are currently working on the construction site every day.
The Paul Horn Hall will complement the symmetry of the exhibition halls on the grounds of Messe Stuttgart, as the original design of Planungsgemeinschaft Bau Neue Messe had already envisaged ten halls. The West entrance is also undergoing significant expansion with the addition of a restaurant and conference/meeting rooms. The initial design also planned for these elements, but was deferred for cost reasons. After the completion of the Paul Horn Hall the total exhibition area of Messe Stuttgart will increase from 105,200 to 120,000 square metres (roughly 17 football fields). The new building is located on its own grounds.
The current events are not affected by the construction work.
The trade fair grounds can also be entered from the West side via an interim access, which acts as a temporary measure for the West area which is currently under construction. The bus and taxi stops at the West entrance are also accessible during the construction work. The inauguration of the Paul Horn Hall will take place in January 2018 with CMT, Europe's most important public holiday exhibition.