Stand Building Regulations

The organiser’s, The GSMA have adopted The Guide to Global Standards of Health and Safety at Exhibitions as minimum standard of health and safety that all venues, exhibitors and contractors should abide by. These standards are set out in the g-Guide which we strongly recommend that your contractor downloads.

Please note that the documents are regularly updated, so to ensure that your stand complies with current regulations, please ensure that your contractor regularly checks for these at the links above. Generally, if G-Guide specifications are adhered to (together with the specific MWC regulations), stands will be issued with ‘Permission to Commence Build’ promptly. Please encourage your contractors to study it carefully so as to avoid delays.

It is a legal requirement that all ‘Space-Only’ stands are inspected independently for compliance with prevailing Health and Safety Law and Approved Codes of Practice.

The Organisers insists on safe working practices during the tenancy at the venue. Whilst the list below is not designed to be comprehensive, the following are important areas where a zero-tolerance stance will be taken without negotiation. Therefore, we advise you strongly to brief all personnel representing you on site (contractors, staff and any other personnel connected to your business), that they should arrive prepared.


The Deadline for ALL plans and documents to be submitted is Friday 15 November 2019




General Rules

Space only stands do not include walling, stand dividers, stand fittings, electrics, carpet or floor coverings and you are responsible for organising all of this at your own cost.

  • All space-only stands must be designed and built by experienced exhibition contractors/ stand-builders
  • The design of your stand is your responsibility and must be substantial by nature
  • Dividing walls between stands must consist of solid walling, provided by you
  • Whilst it may be that you are adjacent to another space only stand, all walls adjoining other stands that exceed 2.5m in height must be ‘backed off’ – i.e. finished to present a plain, white, flat surface to the adjacent stand down to 2.4m. Signage, logos or projections are not allowed on this area so as to be visible from the adjacent stand
  • When you arrive on-site, the area of the stand will be marked out on the floor. It is your responsibility to ensure that the stand is built to the correct floor markings. If you are in any doubt about the location of your stand, please speak to the Hall Manager who will be able to assist you in establishing the boundaries within which you and your contractors must build and work
  • When you design your stand please ensure that the view of other stands and of the exhibition as a whole is not obstructed. For further information, please read through the “Enclosed Exhibition Stand (50% Rule)”

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Build Height Restrictions & Technical Floorplans

All Space Only Stands - single storey and double deck might be permitted to build to a maximum height of 6m. However due to the variance in heights in some areas within the different halls all exhibitors must refer to the Technical Floorplans. These plans will specify the height restrictions of all areas and these must be adhered to. The below table shows a summary of height restrictions per hall as well as rigging restrictions and pre-rigging areas. Check this with the official rigging supplier as the rigging plans are generic per hall.


Hall

Build Height Restriction

Exceptions

Rigging restrictions / Pre-rigging areas

Hall 1

6m

n/a

Click here Click here to download the H1 floorplan

Hall 2

6m

There are some restrictions in this hall, please view the floorplan for further information

Click here to download the H2 floorplan

Hall 3

6m

n/a

Click here to download the H3 floorplan

Hall 4

6m

n/a

Click here to download the H4 floorplan

Hall 5

6m

There are some restrictions in this hall, please view the floorplan for further information

Click here to download the H5 floorplan

Hall 6

6m

n/a

Click here to download the H6 floorplan

Hall 7

6m

There are some restrictions in this hall, please view the floorplan for further information

Click here to download the H7 floorplan

Hall 8.0

6m

There are some restrictions in this hall, please view the floorplan for further information

Click here to download the H8.0 floorplan

Hall 8.1

6m

n/a

Click here to download the H8.1 floorplan

Congress Square

5m

There are some restrictions in this hall, please view the floorplan for further information

Rigging is not possible in this area

Upper Walkway

3m

There are some restrictions in this hall, please view the floorplan for further information

Rigging is not possible in this area


Double Deck / Two Storey Stands

Depending on the location of the stand, some exhibitors are entitled to build a second storey to their stand if agreed by the organisers. The permissible maximum build height is 6m however, due to the variance in heights within the different halls, all exhibitors must refer to the Build Height Restrictions section of this manual. 

  • Any halls with a permissible build height of 5m or 6m are permitted to build a two-storey stand. Please ensure you take into consideration the head height of the second platform. 

Please click hereto view the village map, technical floor plans and pillar plans.

If you would like to upgrade to a two storey stand, please contact Sales Supportor your appointed Account ManagerOnce this is booked and confirmed you will need to supply all the details requested for a two storey stand as outlined. Second levels are charged at 50% of ground floor square metre rate. For more information please click here.

Structural approval of double deck / two storey stands and in some cases complex structures, have a cost associated. All costs for obtaining certification of the above mentioned complex structures, double deck / two storey stands and outdoor structures are at the cost of the exhibitor. Local architects may request participation by a representative of Fira de Barcelona 

Please note that all double deck / two storey stands are also obliged to complete the Double Deck Method Statement form in order to highlight their planned control measures to prevent accidents when working at height. The form can be found in the Forms & Deadlines


IMPORTANT: Working at height without adequate preventive measures in place is strictly not permitted and will be stopped


Please refer to the Working at Heightsection for more information.

The Organisers and the venue or their approved Structural Technicians reserve the right to request structural calculations and approvals at the expense of the exhibitor, pre-show or on-site for any stand or structure at the event should they feel it to be necessary

Exhibitors must ensure that their contractors take into account the head heights, when designing and building your stand, due to the build and rigging height regulations. The second floor of a two storey stand must be a minimum of 2.5 metres in height from the floor. When designing hanging elements of your stand design, to be rigged please remember to take ceiling heights into consideration



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Please note:

  • Rules relating to the build of a two storey / double deck structures within the confines of the venue, are rigorous and venue specific. All construction is subject to the rules and regulations of the Spanish CTE(Código Técnico de la Edificación)
  • All double deck, outdoor & complex structures and complex suspended structures / rigging must receive a formal certificate of stabilityfrom Graó Tècnic, the official structural technician for Fira Gran Via. This certificate has a related cost which will be communicated to the exhibitor by ServiFira with a quotation.
  • The above descriptions are a guide only and due to the nature of the regulations cannot be comprehensive. It is the decision of the venue, structural engineers and Abraxys Ltd as to whether the stand must be deemed complex. Their decision is guided by global exhibitions regulations and local law and it is final. It is therefore outside the organisers’ control.

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Company Name and Stand Number

Name boards are not supplied on space only stands. It might be a good idea to add your stand number into the design of your stand, to help visitors find you. This is not mandatory.

Electricity – Power Supply

  • For more technical details of electrical installations please read the ”Electrical Safety” section.
  • At Gran Via venue the power is supplied through service chests. Please note that each service chest supplies up to 63 amp (3 phase). For power higher than 63A, a special connection will be required and quoted separately.
  • All service chests must be accessible at all times. Platforms must leave access to the underneath chest
  • Connections until 63A will be carried out through a CEE form of an appropriate intensity (16, 32 and 63A, three - phase)

CABLES:

  • The type of cable used between the Fira Barcelona supply box and the stand switchboard shall be 0.6/1 kV isolation type. Conductors to be used in the stand installation must be 0.6/1kV isolation level. Conductors of 450/750 V isolation level can be used with a rubber isolation (Type H07RN-F)
  • Colour code to identify the phase conductors is: black, brown or grey. Blue is identified for neutral conductor ant the green / yellow for ground conductor
  • Minimum section of the conductors depending on the protection installed

MCCB (Amperes)

Minimum section (mm)

6

1.5

10

1.5

16

2.5

20

4

25

6

32

6

40

10

50

10

63

16

80

25

100

35

125

50 (35 for open air conductor)

160

70 (50 for open air conductor)


  • The ground conductor must be of the same section as the phase – neutral conductors until 16 mm2. From 16 mm2on, it can be reduced by half

INSTALLATION:

  • Metal structures, receptors and, in general, everything that has metal parts and that could become live if a fault occurred, shall be connected to the ground distribution.
    • Trusses must be earthed, if any electrical installation (light fitting, wall outlet, cable etc.) is present in its immediate vicinity (on/below/through the truss).
    • Aluminium system stands must be earthed.
    • Steel constructions must be earthed, if any electrical installation (light fitting, wall outlet, cable etc.) is present in its immediate vicinity (on/below/through the construction).
    • Earthing takes place by a separate wire, connected as close as possible to or at the earthing point of the switch and distribution box (depending on the situation, by means of “plug in wall outlet” {if a better solution is not available}).
    • Junctions can be made with wire connectors, provided these are suitable for the (flexible) cable in question.
    • Junctions (whether or not within arm’s reach) must be protected by a junction box.
    • Earth leakage circuit breakers must have classification A (AC are not permitted).
    • Splitters are not permitted.
  • All lighting circuits and outlets of less than 32A shall be protected with 30 mA residual current circuit breaker (RCCB). All electrical equipment that is accessible to the public must be also protected with 30 mA RCCB
  • All circuits must be protected against overcurrents with omnipolar cut off (phase-neutral) in its origin

LEGAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Only Spanish regulation will be accepted.  For any other case not explained, please follow the current Regulation of Low Voltage (Reglamento Electrotécnico de Baja Tensión) published in the Royal Decree 842/2002 (Real Decreto 842/2002)
  • Power distribution within a stand must be legalized by a single and unique owner. Legalizations are made stand by stand
  • Installations must be standardized and certified by a licensed electrical installer authorized by the Autonomous Catalan Government (Generalitat de Catalunya) who draws up the necessary documentation
  • Stands up to 50 kW require a Technical Design Project
  • Stands with more than 50 kW power must be legalized through an electrical project conducted by a local collegiate engineer. This Electrical project has a fee. For more information please contact with servifira at mwcbarcelona@firabarcelona.com
  • The power supply will be available from 07.00 to 23.00 during the exhibition period, except on the last event day, Thursday 1 March when for logistical reasons power to stands in exhibition halls will be switched off at 18.00. If you need power at any other times (including dismantling) you have to order additional power please see the Exhibition Suppliers Please note: the additional power will be installed on a different switchboard e.g. if you need 24-hour power you will have two different switchboards
  • All Space Only stands, Space Only hospitality suites and Hybrid stands will be supplied with the following power supplies depending on the size of the stand space. If you require more power for your stand please contact servifira in advance to order additional power
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For high amounts of electricity and for the exterior areas it may be possible that a power generator is needed. Please contact servifira in order to receive a quote 

If you are building a double decker stand and require electricity on the top level, please contact servifira about this in order to make sure that the cables reach up to the required location

Should you require a high amount of kW or a three-phase switchboard in any of the Halls please contact servifira in order to receive a quote: please click here to email or Tel:+ 34 932332000 


For power supplies of all other stands i.e. Shell Scheme or Meeting Room packages, please check under the relevant section on Manage my Exhibition Space page.


Enclosed Exhibition Stands (50% rule)

  • Fully enclosed stands are not permitted on the exhibition floor.
  • Exhibits and walling must be positioned in such a way as not to obstruct the view of the exhibition or adjacent stands.
  • Only up to / a maximum of 50% of any open side of a stand is permitted to have an outside wall (see example below)
  • The organisers will not allow walls to be stepped back in order to overcome this ruling.
  • Solid runs of walling along open perimeters are not permitted unless facing a venue wall. Under no circumstances are neighbouring stands to be visually blocked off from the rest of the exhibition.
  • The upper deck of double deck / two storey stand may be completely closed in.
  • As the rule is to ensure visibility, handrails up to 1.1m height are considered ‘open’ 
  • The outside finish must be the same as inside or equivalent in quality of build.
  • A complete side solid is be decorated and branded appropriately i.e., covered with branding, artwork, frosting on glass etc., however, these must not protrude into the aisle. Please indicate this on your stand plans

Exceptions to the above will be considered by the organisers on a case by case basis and only if all affected neighbour stands have agreed in writing

NOTE FOR BUILD-UP: Visual enclosures during build-up in order to protect the privacy of exhibition stands are only permitted if they are structurally sound and are kept within the boundaries of the stand space.


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Flooring

It is obligatory to cover the concrete exhibition floor. Carpet is only provided for Stand and Meeting Room packages and Turnkey Solutions. If you have a Space Only stand you must make arrangements to cover the floor of your stand. It is strictly forbidden to paint or plaster the stand floors or to use glue to attach the floor covering. Only double-sided adhesive tape may be used for this purpose. This must be removed at the end of the Exhibition. 

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Gangways / Aisles

  • All gangways must remain unobstructed and accessible at all times
  • Under no circumstances will any part of your stand, furniture, exhibits or displays be allowed to project beyond the boundary of your stand
  • No doors or windows shall open outwards onto a gangway
  • Night sheets must be tied securely and neatly throughout the day and avoid obstruction to gangways
  • Building across gangways is not permitted

Glass / Glazing

All glazing and mirrors used in the construction of stands must consist of safety glass which is laminated. The use of annealed and tempered glass will not be accepted. The material must comply with the Spanish AENOR, British and/or European standards (e.g. BS 6206 and BS 6262 or BS EN 12600). Documentary evidence or labelling is required  

Any uninterrupted, large areas of clear glazing or mirrors must be indicated with warning stripes, dots, logos, etc. Corners must be polished or protected if they would otherwise pose a hazard to people striking them.

Overhead glazing or mirrors shall be of wired or laminated glass to ensure they are adequately protected from shattering.

Please note the requirement of handrails on glass walls on upper levels in double deck stands. Click here to find out more. 

Nominal thickness Maximum pane size dimensions - The table/graph below shows the laminate thickness required (pg. 34 of G-Guide)


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Size

Thickness Required

1100mm x 1100mm

8mm

2250mm x 2250mm

10mm

4500mm x 4500mm

12mm

No limit

15mm




Hanging Banner / Ceiling Policy

All banners and ceilings that are hung from the exhibition hall roof must form an integral part of your stand and must be contained within the actual stand build/design. Simple banners are strictly not allowed to be hung above stands. All rigging requests will be monitored by GSMA.

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Hospitality Suite Policy – Hall 2

Hall 2 hosts turnkey meeting rooms as well as space only, fully customisable areas that are designed and built from the ground up. Spaces in Hall 2 are generally used for meeting and hospitality purposes, with many clients opting to fully enclose their space. For 2020, clients building a stand have the freedom to create a more open “exhibition” design if they wish. Please note the GSMA will not impose the 50% rule in this hall, therefore the opposing and/or adjacent exhibitor could be fully enclosed, and resulting in an open exhibition space facing a 100% closed space. 


  • Hospitality Suites are to be designed primarily for the purpose of private meetings and entertainment
  • Exhibitors with a Space Only Hospitality Suite are encouraged to take surrounding exhibitors into consideration when designing the stand and displaying promotional videos. Non-promotional videos on the perimeter of the stand or that can be viewed from the aisles can be displayed but sound must not exceed the Hall 2 noise limit of DB
  • Any public product demonstration and / or a networking functions must adhere to the MWC Noise policy. The organisers request that all clients respect the ethos of the hall and neighbouring stands
  • All built stands must abide by the Stand Build Health & Safety and the Stand Building Regulations.  

The exception to the above are for spaces which face a green aisle (main Gangway - Aisle H). Spaces on this aisle must comply with the Hybrid and 50% rule.


CENTRAL GANGWAY - AISLE H

Stands located in the central aisle of the hall (Marked on the floorplan with green coloured aisles) are to ensure that all sides facing a green aisle:


  • Have a minimum of 50% which is fully open onto any green aisle

  • Low walling of no less than 1.1m height is permitted as an enclosure along the perimeter of Hospitality Suites

  • Stands must strictly adhere to the events noise regulations. Hall 2 remains a hall which predominantly houses hospitality suites for business meeting purposes and the ambient noise level must be kept low accordingly.



IMPORTANT: Most stands in Hall 2 will be “enclosed” hospitality suites, therefore, should an exhibitor in Hall 2 choose to create an open “exhibition” design, there is no guarantee that the opposite exhibitor or the adjacent exhibitor will do so as well. You can request the stand plans of neighbouring stands and should they accept, Abraxys can arrange an introduction.


Hybrid Stands - Hall 3

All stands are classed as hybrid stands in Hall 3

Hybrid stands are a combination of exhibition stands and hospitality suites. Stands in Hall 3 combine exhibition and meeting spaces into one footprint. The hybrid stand gives exhibitors the unique ability to showcase their products and services while hosting clients in custom designed private meeting spaces.

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Hybrid Stand Build Regulation

Hybrid stands may be made up of two sections (ratios will be decided when contracting the space):


  1. Exhibition stand section – this section must abide by the 50% rule and all other Stand Build Health & Safety and the Stand Building Regulations.
  2. Hospitality suite section

NOTE TO CONTRACTORS: Please check with your client how many m2 of Hospitality space and Exhibition space has been purchased and design stands accordingly. This ratio will be checked during stand plan inspection.



Stand Plan Submission

The division between Exhibition and Hospitality sections for Hybrid stands must be clearly explained when submitting stand plans and needs to be strictly in line with the contracted square metres.



Double Decker Hybrid Stands

If you wish to enquire about building an enclosed or open duplex / 2 Storey stand, written permission is required. Please contact your MWC Account Manager.

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Plumbing

  • There are water and drainage outlets in the Halls, but if additional conduits need to be installed, these will be charged to the exhibitor. The screw-thread 1/2" and the drainage channel is 32mm
  • Pressure piping with double sided threads should be used for piping 
  • Water pressure in the Fira piping system is 4 bars. At night this can reach 5 bars
  • For apparatus that require a constant water pressure, it is recommended that regulators are used and, where necessary, devices that increase the pressure 
  • The Organiser takes no responsibility for interruptions or irregularities in the water supply 
    • Without exception the basic regulations governing internal installations to supply water must be complied with
    • Should you wish to order this service you will be able to do it through servifira Ecommerce website. For access to the website, please click here

The installation of toilets is not permitted as part of stands or hospitality suites.

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Stand Partitions

All Space Only stands must provide their own self-supportive back walling where backing onto a neighbouring stand or perimeter walling with the minimum height being 2.5m. Any partition wall above 2.5m in height that is overlooking neighbour stands must be dressed from the rear using a plain white finish, without logos or branding.

All Shell Scheme stands are permitted to decorate their stands up to 2.5m height. Please refer to the Manage my Exhibition Space section for more information.

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Upper Deck Capacity

All upper deck structures are subject to the specifications outlined in the  Spanish build regulations CTE which sets different rules & regulation not only on the build specifications, but also on the capacity of the upper level. As a general guideline, it could be considered that the capacity of an upper deck is one person per every 2m  2. Nevertheless this is subject to different rules and can vary in each case. 
During the process of stand approval the capacity of the upper deck will be reviewed case by case. 

The maximum number of persons allowed at any one time has to be clearly displayed and visible at staircases that give access to the upper levels. It is the responsibility of the exhibitor to guarantee that these maximums capacities are respected.

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Waste Removal

The Company or the appointed contractor responsible for building and/or decorating the stand must leave the stand and area around the stand completely clean and free of debris before the end of build-up and before the end of dismantling.

For more information please read through the Waste Removal section.


Fire prevention regulations:

  • Waste, paper, cardboard, empty packaging and other combustible materials for disposal must be removed from the stands and their surrounding areas on a daily basis 
  • No materials may be stored behind stands 
  • Any waste materials should be contained within the exhibitors assigned space
  • It is strictly prohibited to place any waste or other items in the aisles

Exhibitors can contract waste removal via the official cleaning provider. Please click here to view Exhibition Suppliers/Cleaning & waste management.

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Build Elements

Space only stands do not include walling, stand dividers, stand fittings, electrics, carpet or floor coverings and you are responsible for organising all of this at your own cost.


  • All space-only stands must be designed and built by experienced exhibition contractors/ stand-builders.
  • The design of your stand is your responsibility and must be substantial by nature.
  • Dividing walls between stands must consist of solid walling, provided by you.
  • Whilst it may be that you are adjacent to another space only stand, all walls adjoining other stands that exceed 2.5m in height must be ‘backed off’ – i.e. finished to present a plain, white, flat surface to the adjacent stand down to 2.4m. Signage, logos or projections are not allowed on this area so as to be visible from the adjacent stand.
  • When you arrive on-site, the area of the stand will be marked out on the floor. It is your responsibility to ensure that the stand is built to the correct floor markings. If you are in any doubt about the location of your stand, please speak to the Hall Manager who will be able to assist you in establishing the boundaries within which you and your contractors must build and work. When you design your stand please ensure that the view of other stands and of the exhibition as a whole is not obstructed. For further information, please read through the “Enclosed Exhibition Stand (50% Rule)"

Barriers (Balustrades)

Barriers shall be provided to protect exposed edges of landings, balconies and any other changes of levels exceeding 360mm. 

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Carpet

Aisle carpeting will be provided by the Organiser throughout the exhibition halls. Standard Carpet will be only provided to package stands such as Shell Scheme, Meeting rooms etc.

Space only stands and space only hospitality suites DO NOT have carpet provided. Floor covering is compulsory therefore you must take adequate precautions to protect the venue floor from damage using floor flats for example. Any materials used for your booth installation or floor finishing must be flame retardant.

You will be able to order carpet and platforms for your stand from our official supplier servifira. You can also order a different carpet for package stands such as Shell Scheme, Meeting rooms etc. at your own expense. Click here to access servifira online ordering website. 

When installing flooring materials such as carpet or pytex, special attention shall be paid so as not to damage the original floor, and no flooring materials shall be installed for the hallway. None of the following may be used: adhesive glue, including tape or bond.

Please note: All costs relating to damage to the venue (including the floor) will be charged directly to the exhibitor’s responsible.

Bolting, fixing or screwing to the hall floor is prohibited.

All floor coverings must be secured and maintained so that they do not cause a hazard. Fixing of floor coverings to the hall floor may only be carried out using the approved tape. Other forms of fixing to the hall floor, such as cable clips, nails and bolts are prohibited.

The exhibitor will incur a charge for any tape not removed by the end of the tenancy period, or any damage caused to the hall floor.

For further information on how to customise your Shell Scheme Stand or your Hospitality Suite please contact servifira. To email please click here or Tel: +34 93 233 2000

For further details about your stand package please consult the Manage my Exhibition Space section.

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Ceiling Installations – Visibility

Exhibitors may cover their stands with a ceiling structure provided that they observe the material specifications and health and safety regulations particularly about smoke detectors.

It must be remembered that ceilings can be seen from higher floors and especially the upper walkway and so their finish should be aesthetically pleasing and be included into the planning of your stand design. In order to achieve a harmonious effect the Organiser may require changes to be made in the ceiling finishes, even if this entails additional expense to the exhibitor.

Important note: All space only stands are to remember that the top of stands must also be capped off. The top of stands are to be dressed to conceal internal structure from the gallery viewing.

The Show Operations Team reserves the right to force the stand contractor to make any amendments to the stand build onsite, at the expense of the contractor / exhibitor, that they feel deviates from the below rules & regulations and standard health & safety polices.

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Doors

Where any door or gate is at the head or foot of stairs a landing shall be provided between the door or gate and the top or bottom step. The depth of the landing shall not be less than the width of a flight of stairs. Doors for entry and exit located on the edge of stands must not open outwards onto a gangway.

Sliding Doors 

Manual sliding doors are only permitted in rooms with a maximum capacity of 50 persons.

Automatic sliding doors are only permitted with backup security systems that automatically open the door in case of a power cut and a manual override button that can open the door in case of an emergency. Such installations have to be made with a 24h power supply. 

Sliding doors that are located in emergency routes also have to be fitted with above mentioned security systems for automatic sliding doors. 

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Handrails

  • A continuous handrail must be provided where there are two or more risers
  • Handrails shall be non-climbable, i.e. with solid infills or vertical guardrails, which should be no more than 100mm apart and without horizontal members between verticals
  • The height of a handrail shall be a minimum of 900mm measured vertically from the pitch line of the stair to the top of the handrail
  • Handrails shall be continued as necessary around landings
  • Handrails shall not project on to the required width of the staircase for more than 100mm
  • All projecting ends of handrails shall be designed and constructed so as to avoid injury to persons descending a staircase
  • When the upper deck of a double deck stand has been built, it is mandatory to install railings (either temporary or the definitive ones) to prevent falls from height. The protection of railings needs to cover all the area where there is the risk of falling.
  • In the case of glass walls (floor to ceiling) in the upper level of a double decker stand, where there is the risk of impact by an object, a railing or a similar physical barrier alongside these, needs to be set in place.

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Ramps – Disabled Access

All stands with a platform higher than 5cm on which people could stand must have an access ramp. The slope of any ramp shall be uniform and no steeper than 1:10. Level landings shall be provided at the top and bottom of ramps and any intermediate position where exit doors open on to them. The minimum width of the ramp should be 1m. This slope should be within the stand and should not protrude into the aisle.  

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Rigging

Before submitting any rigging request, please read through Fira Barcelona's rigging regulations.

If your stand construction includes any suspended elements, you are required to submit the Rigging Information form, You can find this form in the Forms & Deadlines section.

IMPORTANT:

In order to keep providing exhibitors with an excellent rigging service with maximum flexibility, some parameters have been established. If your project does not comply with them, you must submit your project two (2) months prior to build up (by 16 December 2019) for a comprehensive evaluation. This will provide sufficient time to evaluate the proposal and find the best solution.


RIGGING LIMITATIONS:

  • The minimum distance permitted between rigging points for hanging elements is 1 meter. 
  • The allowed maximum hanging weight of rigging elements is 15 kg/m2 calculated by the ratio between the total weight of the suspended elements and the contracted stand surface.
  • It is not allowed to lift up one truss grid with more than 10 manual chain hoists.
  • The maximum load of one rigging point is 1,50Kn (150kg).

If any of the above restrictions cannot be met due to complexity of the rigging request, the project has to be received 2 months prior to the beginning of build-up for evaluation (by 16 Dec 2019).

Complex Suspended Structures

All suspended structures are considered complex structures and require load distribution calculations and structural certification through the official stand plan inspection agencies, except:


  • Lighting trusses (without cladding) that use less than 10 rigging points.
  • Aluminium and fabric light banners with a maximum weight of 100 Kg per rigging point (including weight of the lifting elements)


* The number of rigging points are considered the total rigging points of the booth.

Only in these two cases, a structural certification is not required.


Please note that all rigged elements must be inspected on-site before being lifted (see further down this paragraph)

For further details, check the Stand Plan submission section or click here to email the rigging contacts directly. Any additional cost is the responsibility of the exhibitor


General Rules:

IMPORTANT: For rigging height restrictions always check the rigging restriction floorplans in the Appendix of Fira Barcelona's rigging regulations or consult directly with the rigging supplier.

All rigging requests need to be sent directly to Fira Barcelona. Rigging points are not always available and every request will be dealt with individually. Should it be possible to provide the requested rigging points it is important to remember that you must respect the rules relevant to your stand space. 

Fira Barcelona will only provide fixing points when requests fall within the allowed parameters relating to your space. It is imperative that you provide the following information to Fira Barcelona:

  • A fully dimensioned drawing in .dwg format
  • Weight loadings of each ordered rigging point
  • The dimensions of structure to be hung

Orientation:

  • All rigging and materials should be in accordance with Fira Barcelona's Rigging Guidelines and the material specifications. To download Fira Barcelona's Rigging Guidelines please click here.
  • Please note that you are not allowed to hang any element/banner above the height limit as specified on the build height restrictions section.
  • Please also refer to the build height restrictions to find out more about special exceptions on technical trusses.
  • Rigging orders must be placed by deadline. Any required rigging will be subject to sufficient time being available to carry out such operations.
  • All rigging on stands has to be finished by Saturday 29 February 2020, as machinery is not allowed to enter the hall and no work at height is permitted after that date.
  • Rigging is not permitted above Shell Scheme stands or Hospitality Suite Packages or above public gangways.
  • All rigging must be installed by the official rigging supplier. the official suppliers of Fira Barcelona. All suspended fittings and apparatus (e.g. lights, TVs sound clusters and speakers, display rigs etc.) shall be fitted with secondary safety wires/chains and brackets 
  • It is strictly prohibited to tamper with any equipment installed by the official rigging supplier including trusses, cables, shackles or slings
  • Exhibitors own truss structures are only permitted if it bears the CE mark (European Conformity) and is in perfect working condition. Roof trusses in each hall have different load bearing characteristics. Exhibitors are not permitted to suspend from trusses themselves.
  • All rigging requests will be reviewed by the official structural technicians Graó Tècnic



IMPORTANT: Before lifting any rigged elements you must advise Graó Tècnic on +34 670965795 or contact the hall manager and get your hanging connections inspected, otherwise additional costs for inspecting connections at height will be charged to the exhibitor. Graó Tècnic may ask for additional technical information. For complex rigging structures, a structural approval may be required and any costs incurred shall be charged to the contracting party.

Orders may be taken after the deadline but will be subject to a late order surcharge. Please check under Exhibition Suppliers/Rigging for further information.

Considerations when designing your rigging order

In order to design rigging points adequately you should consider the following advice:

  • All rigging requirements MUST include scaled plans and weights to be checked.
  • Reference the position of the stand with the position of the neighbouring stands and/or aisles and doors.
  • Show the position of the rigging points (X,Y-coordinates) taking one of the corners of the stand as the origin of the coordinates (0,0). This can be achieved by using an Excel spreadsheet or by indicating it directly on the Cad drawing with dimension lines.
  • Use vivid colours for the rigging point symbol. Create a legend to clearly identify rigging points on the plan. Indicate if it is a simple point, point with safety steel, manual chain hoist or electrical chain hoist.
  • Indicate the rigging point’s heights (O-ring), in a table with the reference of the rigging point number. This is compulsory in case the hoists are not provided by the official rigging supplier
  • The distance between the rigging points for lighting / branding trusses should not be further than 10 meter apart.
  • Location of rigging points normally are at the end of trusses / crossings, but in case of heavy weights, they can be designed by load distribution criteria.
  • Indicate the load per rigging point on the same drawing. Do not forget to include the hoist and the truss weight.
  • Attach as much detail as possible in your AutoCAD drawings such as trusses (with a simple silhouette or a coloured thick line), lighting, branding, AV or any other hung element. Indicate final heights measured from the floor in a rough elevation drawing.
  • Heights of elements have to be measured from the ground of the hall, not from the stand platform.

All questions regarding rigging should be directed to the official rigging supplier. Please click here to email or Tel: (this information will be available soon)

Please click here to view the village map and technical floor plans. Downloading options are .PDF, .DXF and .SVG files.

All questions relating to these technical floor plans of your stand area should be directed to Freeman Company (Digital). Please click here to email or Tel: +44 (0) 1252 414 200. 

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Staircases

Any ‘SPACE ONLY’ stand building a Double Deck / Two Story stand must comply with the below standards when designing the stands staircase.


  • Any upper deck that has more than 25m of distance to a staircase or is over 200m2in size has to implement an additional staircase
  • Stairs should be no less than 1m wide and have a handrail. They should have a handrail on both sides if they are wider
  • Staircases over 2.40m width shall have an additional central handrail
  • Flights and landings should be guarded at the sides when there is a drop of more than 360mm or there are two or more risers
  • Flights should be minimum 280mm in depth. The height of steps should be minimum 130mm and maximum 185mm
  • Flights of curved Staircases should measure minimum 280mm in depth measured at 500mm distance from their inner edge
  • Open risers are not permitted
  • Full structural calculations shall be submitted for review before a ‘commence to build’ can be issues.
  • A safety controller MUST be present to control public access to the second storey floor.
  • Doors shall not swing across landings.
  • All nosings (a rounded edge of a step / a metal shield for such an edge) must be made apparent by means of a permanently contracting material 55mm wide on both the tread and the riser.
  • Purpose-built access to trailers, boats, caravans and other, similar exhibits must be risk assessed where they do not comply with the above regulations. As a minimum, they must comply with the following:
    • The headroom must be a minimum of 2m.
    • The width may not be less than 450mm and must be at least equal to the width of the entrance to the exhibit.
    • The risers must not exceed 180mm in height (open risers not permitted).
  • Please refer to Spanish build regulations CTE for more details

Material Specifications

All materials used must meet the relevant Spanish build regulations CTE, British Standards, M or Euroclass standard. We draw your attention to the fact that only materials authorised by competent laboratories which attain the required EC standards can be used. Test certificates for the classes of building materials and the required material characteristics shall be supplied upon request. Certain materials are extremely dangerous due to their flammability and as such their use is prohibited. The specification of materials is quite explicit as to their classification and usage. Please see our guidelines below:

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Fabric & Decorative Fitted Floor Coverings

Fabrics and other decorative materials used for stand dressing must be flame-proofed or purchased already treated by use of an approved chemical. Suitable samples of materials shall be submitted for approval or documentary evidence provided. Materials may be tested on site to ensure that they comply.  
Untreated wallpaper and similar thin surface finishes, not exceeding 1mm in thickness, may be accepted, provided they are fixed firmly with an approved adhesive.  
Artificial plants and flowers are combustible and give off toxic fumes. They must therefore, not be used for stand dressing. Silk type flowers are acceptable providing they have been fireproofed and are marked as such or provided with supporting documentation. 

Materials must comply with the following standards:

British Standards
BS 5438 or BS EN ISO 6940 and 6941
Spanish, M Class or European Standards BS EN 13501
Class M1 or Euroclasses A1, A2 or B 


FITTED FLOOR COVERINGS 

Fitted carpets, drugget, matting, crumb cloths and other textile floor covering and under-lays must comply with the standards below supported by documentary evidence or labelling. Floor coverings shall be secured and maintained so that it will not cause a hazard. Mats shall be sunk, so they are flush with the floor of the stand. Fixing of floor coverings may only be done with the industry standard tape. Other forms of fixing such as cable clips, nails or bolts are strictly prohibited. The Organiser will apply a charge to the exhibitor for any tape not removed by the end of their tenancy period, or damage caused to the hall floor.

British Standards - BS 4790 Spanish or M Class or European Standards - BS EN 13501. 

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Paint & Surface Timber Treatments

  • Only water-based paints or adhesives may be used on site. Protective measures must be taken to ensure that no paint or adhesive is spilt or sprayed on to the fabric of the building
  • Fabrics and materials treated with fire resistant solutions should not be over painted with water-based paints
  • For Spanish or M class or European classes, paints should be of class M0 or M1 (euroclass A1, A2 or B) and be supported by documentary evidence. Nitrocellulose based paints are prohibited 

Plastics Materials


All materials such as plastic, including plastic plants and materials used for vision panels, etc, must be non flammable and comply with the following standards:

British Standards

Plastics must conform to the requirements of BS 476-Part-7-Class 1 Fire Regulation. Plastic plants, trees, etc. must also conform to this standard. Polycarbonate materials such as Lexan and Macrolon are acceptable. Perspex must not be used. 

Spanish or M Class

Plastic must conform to the requirements of M0 or M1. Documentary evidence is required. Plastic plants, trees, floating decorations etc. must also conform to this standard. Perspex must not be used. 

European Standards BS EN 13501

For M0 class above read A1 or A2. For M1 class above read A1, A2 or B classes. Documentary evidence is required.

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Timber

Timber materials must comply with the following standards:

British Standards

Timber used in construction and displays under 25mm thick must be impregnated to Class 1 standard, in accordance with BS 476 - Part 7. The exception to this is MDF, which is acceptable for use due to its density. 

Note: Treated boards will have BS 476 - Part 7 - Class 1 marked on them. 

Spanish or M Class 

Laminated wood more than 18mm thick or non-laminated between 5mm and 18mm shall be labelled or certified to M3. Non-laminated wood more than 18mm should be assumed to comply with M3 without the need for supporting documentary evidence. 

Wood-based composite or plywood below 5mm requires to be M1 supported by reports. It may also be impregnated with suitable fire proofing substances applied by an approved method to M2 standards provided that certificates are supplied with the name of the product, a description and date of the approved applications. 

European Standards BS EN 13501

For M1 class above read A1, A2 or B classes. For M2 read A1, A2, B or C. For M3 read A1, A2, B, C or D. Documentary evidence is required and should be submitted along with your plans. 

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Water

Water connections may be available for your stand or hospitality suite depending on where it is located. If your stand is located in Hall 2 or on the exterior you must contact servifira in order to check that this service is available given that there are limitations in these areas.

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