ExpoForum: first year of construction
Today ExpoForum is marking a significant date: it is one year since the first pile was installed in the foundation of the new ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The ceremony marking the beginning of construction took place on 23 November 2011, when Deputy Chairman of Gazprom Alexei Miller and St Petersburg Governor Georgy Poltavchenko helped to drive in the first foundation pile.
Construction is on schedule: over the past twelve months all of the project’s phase one buildings have been topped out: three exhibition pavilions, the convention centre, the gallery, the Hilton Hotels & Resorts and Hampton by Hilton hotels, and two business centres. The buildings are currently undergoing internal and external finishing, and the outdoor area is being landscaped. In addition, construction of utilities and related infrastructure – power supply, warehouses and office buildings – is underway.
Completion of the first phase is scheduled for spring/early summer 2014, when the new centre will open. By that point, the Convention Centre will boast 50,000 square metres of indoor exhibition space and convention halls with space for up to 9,700 delegates.
ExpoForum has received a letter of thanks from the administration of the St Petersburg Suvorov Military School, an institution run by the Russian Ministry of Defence.
Specialists from DMG Russland will demonstrate an effective combination of performance and the latest technologies.
The Arab business community is actively seeking opportunities in North-West Russia, according to Vladislav Lutsenko, Deputy Director of the Russian-Arab Business Council (RABC) and Director General of the Arabia Expo exhibition. An agreement to hold the exhibition in St Petersburg for the first time in its history was signed today at the Lenexpo Exhibition Complex.
ExpoForum has launched a project under its range of community engagement programmes to help young residents of St Petersburg learn about different career opportunities. A series of tours that will introduce school children to the world of exhibitions will begin on 2 November.