Finishing line and start of trial operation at the beginning of 2025
Karlsruhe, November 18th, 2022 - "There are no deviations in the construction schedule and we are within the agreed budget", the Mayor Gabriele Luczak-Schwarz informed the members of the Stadthalle advisory committee on November 11th. 2022. By the end of 2022, it is expected that all larger trades will also be awarded.
"The modernization of the Stadthalle, which is the heart of the Karlsruhe Congress Center, is again going according to plan," says Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Messe Karlsruhe. After the partial dismantling of the construction site to make room for the meeting of the World Council of Churches and the realignment of the planning under the direction of the overall planner SSP AG, the modernization of the hall can now pick up speed again - with the planned finish at the end of 2024.
The seamless handover to the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Center is then planned. Holger Klanfer, Head of Division Congress & Cultural Events at Messe Karlsruhe, sees a transitional period: “We will initially have a kind of “trial run” with non-public and also smaller public formats until summer 2025. For this start-up phase, we will work with redundancies in order to guarantee the implementation of planned events. My team and I are very happy to be able to market the hall again and are well prepared for it.”
The city of Karlsruhe and the Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress GmbH are confident that the management of the Stadthallen has settled in after the first few months and that the congress, conference and event hall will then be fit for regular operations. The Stadthalle can then position itself again with all its possibilities as an inner-city location on the congress market and in the city.
In December 2021, the municipal council approved this reorientation of planning with a focus on sustainability and a total expenditure of 135.42 million euros as part of the 2022/2023 budget consultation.
Sustainability is an integral part of the planning and construction as part of the renovation: the use of geothermal energy for cooling and heating as a hybrid concept, the use of photovoltaics on the two roof levels and the installation of highly efficient technical systems should be mentioned. This leads to significant energy savings on the one hand and a significant reduction in CO2 emissions on the other.
Credit: Messe Karlsruhe / SSP AG