Hamburg, 07/04/2018 | Story | Company Festive groundbreaking ceremony for the new Olympus building in Hamburg-Hammerbrook
The first stone is now set: Following the demolition of the old Olympus buildings Wendenstrasse, on the corner of Heidenkampsweg, and the excavation of the building pit, June 22, 2018 has marked the start of the shell construction for the new office building for Olympus Europa and Olympus Deutschland!
A festive ceremony was held to celebrate the laying of the foundation stone of the Olympus Campus project in Hamburg. Hosting the event was project company Campus Properties 1 GmbH & Co. KG, which is both the developer and also responsible for the realization of the new building. Olympus and the Zech Group are involved as partners and therefore also in the project team.
Greeting the guests and opening the ceremony, which took place in the building pit, was Lars Follmann, Managing Director of Campus Properties 1: “I am delighted that we have solid ground under our feet with the 1.5-meter-deep foundation – and that we have managed to stay on schedule.”
Further speakers at the event were Stefan Kaufmann, Executive Managing Director Olympus Europa, and Nikolaus Goetze of the gmp architectural office.
Stefan Kaufmann remarked in his speech: “With the new building project we are providing our current and future staff with an innovative, attractive and inspirational working environment.”
Dr. Andreas Dressel, Senator for Finance of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, was also present at the celebrations. The Campus project, which involves the construction of one of Hamburg’s largest and most modern office buildings, represents a milestone for Hamburg in the development of the Hammerbrook location. “We are proud that Olympus is remaining loyal to Hamburg and that it is creating highly attractive jobs. With Olympus Campus it is making an important contribution to the continued positive development of Hammerbrook,” remarked Dr. Dressel at the event.
In the past year, various challenges were mastered: diaphragm walls were positioned around the future building, down to the clay layer at a depth of approx. 60 meter, in order to keep the groundwater out of the excavation pit, which was dug out afterwards. Thousands of truck movements were required for the excavation of the 14-meter deep pit.
In the next step, an underground car park with 505 spaces and bicycle parking facilities will now be built on three basement levels with an area of 24,000 m². The ground and upper floors with an area of 47,500 m² will be constructed subsequently. In addition to places of retreat, landscaped interiors, a café and a sports area, there will also be a modern training center for colleagues from all over EMEA. The building complex with up to ten upper floors is to be completed by the end of 2020.
Joining Olympus as the second anchor tenant in the new building will be Design Offices, Germany’s leading provider of corporate coworking spaces.
A further foundation stone was also laid in Tonndorf earlier this year: together with the then First Mayor of Hamburg, Olaf Scholz, Olympus set the foundation stone for the construction of the new Olympus Surgical Technologies Europe facility in February.