Ifema awards Ayesa the technical assistance contract for its extension project

Ayesa has been chosen by Madrid-Ifema as the engineering and architecture firm to undertake this ambitious extension project, set to put it firmly amongst the world’s leading event venues.

The project consists of building new facilities near Valdebebas, which will be connected to the current site via the existing underpass on the M-11.

In order to do this, Ifema has awarded Ayesa a 3.8-million-euro contract as part of a joint venture with GIS (Gestión Integral del Suelo) to provide the technical assistance for the drafting of the engineering designs, procurement, and project and site management.

Ifema is the biggest convention centre in Spain and one of the largest in Europe. In 2018, it organised 119 trade fairs (12 of them abroad) and 720 events, which saw 3.6 million visitors attend and 33,203 companies participate.

The extension will add 50,000 square metres to the current facilities, which span 200,000 square metres, the aim being to give it capacity to host the world’s largest trade fairs and events.

The result will be Madrid’s biggest convention centre and its largest indoor concert venue with a capacity to hold 35,000 people, as well as an outdoor concert area with room for 100,000 spectators.

As the company responsible for drafting the engineering designs, Ayesa is currently designing these areas, which feature in the preliminary design. This includes the façades, the flow of people, communications and the layout of the spaces, and will result in the basic design.

When this is completed, Ifema will put out an invitation to tender for the construction work and during this phase, Ayesa will assist it by drafting the tender specifications and analysing the bids submitted. Once the contract has been awarded, Ayesa will also supervise the construction work.

Ayesa has extensive experience with large-scale construction projects, both in Spain and abroad. Similar contracts it has been involved in include the Amador Convention Centre in Panama, as well as Torre Sevilla and the Heineken Factory in Seville, in the sense that these both involved lots.


The project consists of building three new exhibition halls spanning 43,335 square metres, a lobby building to house general services, an entrance and reception building (7,300 m2), a storage building (2,400 m2) and a 4,800 m2 building to house the main facilities. It also covers infrastructure, such as extensive parking areas and the redevelopment of the current site to connect it to the new facilities.