Laying the foundations for Vattenfall’s headquarters in Germany
The foundations for Germany’s largest wooden hybrid building have been laid. Along with a celebration ceremony in the presence of Governing Mayor of Berlin Michael Müller, today also marked the start of the building work on Vattenfall’s new German headquarters. Spanning an area of around 10,000 square metres near Berlin’s Südkreuz station, the company EDGE Technologies is now constructing a complex made from two interconnected buildings in this innovative and highly sustainable design. Around 80 percent less CO2 emissions will be produced here compared to traditional steel concrete structures.
The building should take around 20 months to complete and will then be handed over to its future tenant, Vattenfall. The company will then furnish and equip the building before occupying the premises in mid-2021. More than 2,000 employees in Berlin and employees at Stromnetz Berlin will find themselves working on the Hildegard-Knef-Platz.
"This is a good day for Berlin and for Vattenfall. Our commitment to our Germany site and its capital now has a 'face' here at Südkreuz with the construction of our new German headquarters. At the same time, the far-reaching change that currently shapes our company will also be visible. Vattenfall has set itself the task of creating a life without fossil-based energy sources within the space of one generation." said Tuomo Hatakka, Vattenfall's Country Representative Germany, at the foundation-laying ceremony. Hatakka also emphasised: "At Vattenfall in Berlin, we are excited to fill the new buildings with life in two years’ time. Before that though, I wish the constructors EDGE and those companies involved in the build all the best, a problem and accident-free building process as well as luck and success."
By relocating to a new, modern building, Vattenfall wants to drive internal change within the company. A new working environment, flexible work methods and a changed workplace culture will be key elements of a necessary transformation process.
Vattenfall is also driving forward plans for a new site in Hamburg. As things stand at present, around 1,200 employees will move into a new building in Hamburg’s HafenCity in 2023.
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