After a temporary road had been set up over the last few days and a crawler crane with a maximum load capacity of 600 tonnes had been put in place, the first concrete beam for the new Hall 12 was delivered today. A total of 48 concrete beams are to be included in the construction as joists for the upper hall level. The beams each weigh 105 tonnes and measure around 27 metres in length. This heavy-duty transport operation is to be completed by the end of April.
“The advantage of using precast units lies in the enormous amount of time they save”, explained Olaf Kühl, Vice President of Facility Management at Messe Frankfurt, at the arrival of the first transport shipment. “While the parts are being manufactured in the concrete plant, other work can be undertaken on the construction site, thus reducing the overall time needed. We are well on schedule. The building shell will be completed by the end of August and then the finishing work can begin.”
In total, Max Bögl is producing several hundred precast units for Hall 12. In addition to the heaviest components, which can weigh up to 105 tonnes, there are lighter ones weighing between 10 and 20 tonnes. The delivery of the components over a distance of approximately 330 kilometres is divided up into numerous transport journeys which must reach the construction site in time to be mounted. Heavy duty transports will be making their way to Frankfurt every day up until the beginning of August. With an average speed of 60 kilometres per hour, this journey will take between four and six hours.
As the technical leader in the consortium with Ed. Züblin AG and Engie Deutschland GmbH, the Max Bögl Group is responsible for the turnkey construction of the new Hall 12.
Background information on Messe Frankfurt
Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. With some 2,400 employees at 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of over €640 million. Thanks to its far-reaching ties with the relevant sectors and to its international sales network, the Group looks after the business interests of its customers effectively. A comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their events. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services.
With its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent).
- Messe Frankfurt: Construction of hall 12 (pdf, 15 KB)