Today, September 11, the work begins at the MECC Maastricht fair and congress center. In this phase of upgrading the complex, the entrance and parking area P3/P4 is on the run. The most visible part of the redevelopment is the construction of a central boulevard that separates the north and south side of P4 terrain. The tree-lined accent provides a functional and spatial planning of the interior courtyard. The north side of the boulevard can be used as a parking space, but also as a pick-up for taxis, buses and lorries. The south side is only parking. In addition to a demarcation, the boulevard offers space for cyclists and pedestrians. They can safely and comfortably enter the area and reach the MECC entrance after the refurbishment. With the row of trees along the promenade and the various gardens, the P3/P4 area has a greener appearance. This creates extra quality to the main entrance of MECC Maastricht.
The refurbishment of the interior area P3/P4 is part of a major upgrade of the MECC Maastricht, which makes the exhibition and congress center up to date and future proof. This way, both auditoriums, conference rooms and foyers are renewed. The conference center is given a new, contemporary look, partly due to the spacious three-storey glass circulation that also dissolves the logistics of conference visitors in the MECC. The MECC will also serve as a meeting place for the Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus.
Alderman John Aarts is pleased with the start of construction works: "With these investments we make the MECC future-proof and establish a lasting connection between the convention center and the campus environment. This is important because a strong conference center is not only of great value for business and employment, but it is also necessary in the further development and positioning of South-Limburg as an international knowledge region."
Before TEFAF 2018 starts in March of that year, the redeployment is complete.