Construction of the first building of the city district developed by STRABAG Real Estate und ECE is progressing rapidly
Köln / Hamburg June 28, 2017. In the presence of a numerous guests, the project partners STRABAG Real Estate (SRE) and ECE yesterday laid the foundation stone for the major project MesseCity Köln in the Cologne district of Deutz. Approximately nine months after the first groundbreaking, it was up to Lady Mayor Henriette Reker, Dr. Thomas Birtel, Chairman of the Board of STRABAG SE, ECE- Managing Director Dr. Andreas Mattner and Marcus Nagel, Chief Executive Officer of Zurich Gruppe Deutschland, Hans-Joachim Lehmann, Managing Director at HIH Real Estate GmbH, as well as Torsten Kuttig and Rainer M. Schäfer, Managing Directors of MesseCity Köln GmbH, today to take up the spade at an official ceremony. The foundation stone and the traditional “time capsule” will be added to the foundations of the building by the contractor Ed.Züblin AG during the course of the Project.
“The MesseCity Köln development is not only a great benefit for Deutz, it is a benefit for the whole city. It will showcase the entire potential of the area on the right bank of the Rhine as an attractive office location, where a premium office property is built which will accommodate several thousands of workplaces. Bringing Zurich Versicherung here will add to Cologne’s reputation as a leading insurance location. The new city district is another important milestone of the implementation of the urban masterplan. We are looking forward to seeing MesseCity completed. Besides offices, it will also accommodate hotels, restaurants, retailers, and leisure facilities. The City of Cologne will follow up and support the development of the new city district through its individual stages with great interest,” said Henriette Reker, Lady Mayor of Cologne.
“The foundation stone we laid today also marks the beginning of a new part of Cologne,” said Mr. Birtel pleased. “Boasting an investment of 750 million euros, MesseCity is one of the largest project developments in the corporate history of STRABAG. Therefore, I am very pleased with the progress of the construction of the buildings and that they will also grow in height very soon.”