Ed. Züblin AG, Stuttgart, STRABAG’s German subsidiary for building construction and civil engineering, was officially awarded the contract yesterday to build the Kulturkraftwerk Mitte cultural quarter in Dresden on behalf of Kommunale Immobilien Dresden GmbH & Co. KG (KID). By summer 2016, a vacant plot of land of a former power station will become the centrally located urban venue for the State Operetta (700 spectators), the Theater Junge Generation (TJG, 350 spectators), the Puppet Stage (125 spectators) and the Studio Stage (125 spectators).
The contract for the €70 million project was signed yesterday afternoon. Züblin had previously emerged victorious from a Europe-wide call for tenders with prior prequalification and competitive dialogue and, as general co-ordinating contractor, will now be in charge of the turnkey construction and complete renovation of the existing buildings as well as a large portion of the stage technology. In detail, the contract involves four construction sections with a gross floor area of more than 30,000 m²:
• the renovation of the former machine hall, whose three floors will house the Puppet Stage and the Studio Theatre;
• a new seven-storey building (basement level to 6th floor) for the State Operetta and TJG;
• the renovation of an existing four-storey building into an office and administration tract; and
• the demolition and construction of a new two-storey workshop.
In view of the contract signing, Dr. Thomas Birtel, CEO of STRABAG SE, expressed his satisfaction with the project implementation for the new cultural quarter: “Especially in times of tight budget resources, the investment in such a beacon project is an important signal for the future that cannot be taken for granted. The will of the city of Dresden to further grow its cultural infrastructure and so enhance its attractiveness in the long term is unmistakable. We very much look forward to being able to put our enormous wealth of experience to use in the successful realization of cultural buildings here.”
Construction of the cultural ensemble will be handled by Züblin’s business units from Thuringia (overall responsibility) and Saxony, which are currently involved in the second construction section of the Jena University Clinic and the construction of the Dynamic Data Center Magdeburg/Biere, among other projects.