Topping-out ceremony for shopping center on Zentralplatz square (DE)

The shell construction for the shopping center Forum Mittelrhein in Koblenz has been completed: accompanied by the Lord Mayor Prof. Dr. Joachim Hofmann-Göttig and further city representatives, project partners ECE, STRABAG Real Estate and RREEF Investment celebrated together with the builders the topping out of the new downtown shopping gallery on the Zentralplatz square on Wednesday, September 14, 2011.

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The shopping center has already been awarded with the Pre-Certificate in Gold by the German Sustainable Building Council.

The shopping center, with around 20,000 m² of sales area and approx. 750 parking spaces, is due to open in autumn 2012. Three sales levels will house 80 to 90 specialist stores, cafés, restaurants and service businesses. The investment volume for the shopping center amounts to around €145 million.

The long-term management of the center in which around 600 new jobs will be created lies in the hands of ECE.

The shopping center has already been awarded with the Pre-Certificate in Gold by the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) for its ecological and energy-saving master concept.

Next to the shopping center a five-story cultural building with a usable area of approx. 12,000 m² is being constructed on the Zentralplatz square – it will house the Mittelrhein Museum, the city library, and a tourism center for the Middle Rhine Valley world heritage and is due to open in 2013.

An approx. 6,000-m² piazza is also being created between the shopping center and the cultural building.

The design for Forum Mittelrhein was created by the architects Benthem Crouwel from Aachen, who won the architectural competition in 2008. Ed. Züblin AG was commissioned as general contractor for the execution of the construction works.

Koblenz' Lord Mayor Prof. Dr. Joachim Hofmann-Göttig: "For Koblenz this is the largest project that was co-financed by the city for years and we are delighted that we are on schedule. With the shopping center the city's profile as shopping city is considerably strengthened and another point of attraction is being created for many citizens and visitors."

ECE CEO Alexander Otto: "As a modern urban ensemble, Forum Mittelrhein is an architectonical highlight. With its mixture of culture, education, tourism, trade, and gastronomy it is the vital center of the complete region."

ECE has compiled a balanced branch and tenant mixture for the shopping center – including numerous fashion and diversified gastronomy concepts. Already more than 75% of the shop spaces are leased to renowned retailers.

Source: ECE

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