After two years of construction, the long-awaited expansion and renovation of events venue MECC Maastricht was recently completed. Among other things, a new conference center has been built, twenty more event and break-out spaces have been added and the Expo Foyer now connects the existing three exhibition halls with the new section. There is also a new foyer of 630 square meters and a new restaurant: Bar Bistro SAAM. This has increased the capacity of MECC Maastricht for congresses from 3,000 to 5,000 people. Furthermore, the existing building has been completely renovated.
The entire renovation and expansion of the well-known event location ultimately cost almost 50 million euros. This was financed by the municipality of Maastricht, the Province of Limburg and MECC itself. With the upgrade, these three parties want to ensure that Maastricht remains in the top of Dutch convention cities. ‘The upgrade and expansion means we can host multiple events, from small-scale product presentations to large international congresses, simultaneously without interfering with each other’s participants. Also, the entire venue is now compactly designed so that all spaces are within a five-minute walk of each other. And thanks to the renovation, the entire building now has a modern appearance,’ says Annick Slangen of MECC Maastricht.
Newly added conference center
The new conference center at MECC Maastricht has added twenty event and break-out spaces, bringing the venue to a total of 51 spaces. The Expo Foyer also has space for two thousand seats and an additional foyer of 630 square meters has been added. In addition, MECC now has two auditoriums with 1,650 seats and the three already existing exhibition halls which together comprise no less than 30,000 square meters.
The design of the expansion comes from the architectural firm Cepezed. What stands out most is the glass shell built around the existing auditorium. This allows a great deal of light to enter and creates an open feeling. The new MECC Maastricht is characterized by sleek lining, lots of black and white and, of course, more space.