Baselworld Exhibition Hall On Schedule

p150Good news for watch aficionados planning to attend Baselworld 2013 — the construction of the new exhibition hall is under way and on schedule. The annual watch show will be opening its doors, as planned, on April 25, 2013. At the moment, the facade is being mounted and the interior fittings installed in what is now Europe’s most modern exhibition infrastructure.

The building shell of the impressive new complex, designed by architects Herzog & de Meuron, was finished in September 2012. Work is now in full swing on fitting out the interior of the 32-meter-high complex, with the facade scheduled to be fully in place by the end of the year. For Baselworld 2013, Hall 1 will be extended to a length of 420 meters on three exhibition levels. The connected exhibition areas in the new halls make the exhibition site more compact and convenient. A total of 430 million Swiss francs has been invested in this project.

Since Baselworld 2012, the old halls have been demolished and a total of 3,500 tons of steel girders, 45,000 cubic meters of concrete and 5,200 tons of reinforcing steel have gone into the new complex. The new building complex is being handed over to the MCH Group, as its owner, on February 8, 2013. Following this, work will commence on assembling the stands for Baselworld 2013.

An image of what the finished exhibition hall will look like.
The new exhibition hall, still under construction.

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