Plans revealed for iconic exhibition centre

3 April 2023
  • IDOM/Onda
  • IDOM/Onda



Las Palmas


IDOM & Ona create flexible space for trade fairs on Gran Canaria

Tenderstream member IDOM has revealed plans for a new iconic multifunctional exhibition centre for the Canary Islands, located in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. The official project presentation by the island council took place on March 22, with Manuel Andrades and Javier Haddad attending as representatives of the IDOM-Onda arquitectura joint venture, which won the public tender for the pavilion development initiated by events organiser Institución Ferial de Canarias (INFECAR).

The 7,400 sq m centre on Gran Canaria was designed with flexibility in mind. The building can be extended to a total area of 8,500 sq m, which can be subdivided into four separate spaces, enabling several events to take place at the same time. Manuel Andrades stated: “Exhibition spaces have evolved a great deal in the last decades. Global demand has shifted towards large, open-plan spaces with high clear heights, which in turn allow for maximum flexibility in hosting a wide variety of events and activities. With this new building, INFECAR can aspire to enter this new arena and attract a greater number of international trade fairs.”

The new pavilion is designed to be visually striking, providing an architectural landmark not only for the exhibition centre, but also for the surrounding area. Manuel commented: “Our extensive experience in international trade exhibition facilities in Peru or India, together with Spanish reference projects such as the BEC in Bilbao or the Fira de Barcelona have shown us that these venues are increasingly becoming entry points and ambassadors of local cultures, often the first point of contact between tourists and cities, and in this sense the new Infecar pavilion will be a real landmark to show visitors to Las Palmas. A point of reference with a clear insular and international identity.”

The tender for the works is expected to be launched at the beginning of 2024. The execution period will be 24 months.

Lucy Nordberg
Tenderstream Head of Research

This tender was first published by Tenderstream on 07.12.2021 here

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