The Stuttgart office of Hines, the international real estate firm, announced that it has signed a long-term lease with the federal state of Baden-Württemberg for 151,000 ft² (approx. 14,000 m²) of office space in Postquartier. Joining existing office tenant Deutsche Bahn, the project's office space is now fully leased.
Originally constructed in 1927, the property was demolished and rebuilt in the 1980s. It is owned by the Hines European Value Added Fund and is currently being redeveloped by Hines Germany. Completion is expected in early 2012.
Hines Managing Director Alexander Moell stated, "We welcome the federal state of Baden-Württemberg to their new home at Postquartier. With the refurbishment of this property, we have substantially contributed to the development of a long-forgotten part of Stuttgart's city center.
"We are looking forward to new projects to further enhance the city."
Postquartier's high-end retail space is 86% leased on a long-term basis to recently signed tenants that include: Mammut; The North Face; Sixt; and Rossmann.
Hines Project Manager Christian Meister said, "The retailers will provide a wide variety of services for customers in a prime location."
The refurbishment of this 1980s building represents the transformation of an obsolete building into a high-performing one that competes with the best new product in the market.
Time Hupe of Tim Hupe Architekten in Hamburg commented, "With our structural innovations on the refurbishment, we want to show the historical evolution of Postquartier and strengthen the landmark character of the building."
Postquartier is the first property in Stuttgart that has earned Gold pre-certification under the US Green Building Council's LEED® for Core & Shell Rating System. Hines put great emphasis on energy efficiency during planning and construction including using up-to-date technical equipment and low-emission materials. The sustainability level of Postquartier after this refurbishment will be equivalent to a newly built property.