Bordeaux offers itself a new hall at the Exhibition Park
Work on the new Bordeaux-Lac Exhibition Park Hall kicked off in early April 2018. This building will be delivered in the first quarter of 2019 in order to properly host the Bordeaux International Fair in May 2019.
The Exhibition Hall, a political and economic project
The first stone was laid on April 6. Many municipal elected officials, such as Alain Juppé, President of Bordeaux Metropole, Mayor of Bordeaux, former Prime Minister, Alain Rousset, President of the Regional Council of New Aquitaine, Nicolas Florian, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Bordeaux Society of Public Exhibition and Congress Equipment and Eric Dulong, Executive Chairman of Bordeaux Congresses and Exhibitions.
On this occasion, Alain Juppé reminded the audience that the Parc des Expositions was the second largest exhibition park in France in the province, after Lyon by its covered reception area. The Bordeaux Exhibition Congress (CEB) hosts international trade shows and congresses such as Vinexpo and the World Congress on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) in 2015.
Bordeaux therefore has an important place in this universe, with the desire to attract more and more events in order to become the first large exhibition park in the province. This fits perfectly into Bordeaux’s attractiveness policy. This is the whole point of making Bordeaux a stronghold of so-called business tourism. This is a strengthened economic objective, considering that the business tourist spends on average three times more than a leisure tourist, or 124 euros per day.
A project on the doorstep of modernity
After the demolition of the old Hall 2 between February and October 2017, which fell into disuse after more than thirty years of good and loyal service, it is high time to start construction.
The project consists of a 1,000 sqm reception hall, a main hall of 7,400 m2 that can be modulated into exhibition space, catering, or a plenary room that can accommodate 1,500 to 6,000 seats, twelve meeting rooms, a flexible capacity of 100 to 400 people and a covered link with Hall 1.
An investment of 35 million euros.
In addition, the building effectively complements the existing facilities of the Palais des Congrès, taking place over 12,000 square metres, including a 3,000 sqm exhibition space and three amphitheatres with a combined capacity of 1,850 seats.
To offer a serious boost to the whole, more than 71 million euros will be needed for a program divided into three phases: the first (2016-2018) for a sum of 34.5 million euros concerns the demolition of Hall 2 and the reconstruction of a new multipurpose and flexible hall of exhibitions and congresses. At the same time, priority security work is being carried out on Hall 1.
The second phase runs on the 2018-2020 sequence for a sum of 21 million euros which will be used for the renovation of the envelope of Hall 1. Finally, a third phase of 21 million euros will focus on the work to improve the functionality of Hall 1.
For this large-scale project, the project was entrusted to two Bordeaux architectural agencies, Arsène Henri-Triaud and Brochet-Lajus-Pueyo, following an architectural competition launched in 2016.
Bordeaux continues to evolve thanks to its many tourist hubs that are currently coming out of the ground such as the Cité du Vin or the Musée de la Marine, but also thanks to its attractiveness linked to trade shows, congresses and other events. Will the construction fever allow the dream economic boom?
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