Messe Frankfurt, organiser of the Automechanika exhibitions is to rebuild some of the communal areas and walkways around the Frankfurt exhibition ground as well as a rebuild of Hall Five. An office tower that will provide a new entrance to the ground will also be built.
The first sight most visitors will have of the ground will be a new 5,000 m2 (53,800 sq ft.) reception hall, complete with side conference rooms and a bistro.
The Sparda-Bank Tower and the new Messeplatz entrance will be built at the south of the exhibition grounds, with a metro station planned to be built in the same place. The ‘Via Mobile’ moving walkway that connects much of the vast ground will be upgraded and extended to encompass the new developments.
These upgrades have been described by Messe Frankfurt as ‘the last milestone in the modernisation of the exhibition grounds’ in a project that had the original master plan drawn up way back in 1980.
Automechanika Frankfurt 2022 was criticised by some visitors (including CAT) for what appeared to be a tired-looking showground and facilities. The new works should address these criticisms.
Work is starting immediately, with a view to being complete by 2025. Local architects MAA Moser will be leading the development.