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The winners have been declared.

06.12.2018 - BDA Architecture Prize 2018: We congratulate the prize winners, and we are delighted to have been able to make our contribution as structural engineers to the success of some of the award-winning structures.

As well as a second prize for the project "Alsterufer 1-3", these also include the jury’s official commendations for the projects such as the new "Esplace", the listed "Finnlandhaus", the 5-Star-Hotel "The Fontenay" and the former SPIEGEL-Building "Height 1".

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Yearbook with The Fontenay and Hamburg Heights.

09.11.2018 – The new edition of the yearbook “Architektur in Hamburg 2018/19” has now appeared.

It includes the luxury hotel The Fontenay on the Outer Alster. The building is presented with its unusual design and special architecture. The recently-completed transformation of SPIEGEL Island into "Hamburg Heights" is also described.

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New planning order for new bridge.

05.11.2018 - We are delighted to have been commissioned with a new planning order for the construction of a replacement for the Finkenwerder Bridge.

The bridge, dating from 1970, is situated in the western part of the Hamburg Port area and must be replaced by a new construction on account of damage to the existing structure.

The greatest challenge will be in the planning of the construction sequence, because interruptions to the existing transport routes – especially for rail traffic – can only be permitted for short time intervals.

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Double DGNB award for Finnlandhaus and Esplace.

25.10.2018 – As many as two DGNB awards in the "Gold" class go to the Hamburg project developer Becken:

The protected "Finnlandhaus", today the corporate headquarters of the Becken Group, and its neighbouring office building "Esplace" were yesterday given awards for their outstanding sustainability quality.

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German Sustainability Award 2019 for Buildings.

17.10.2018 – The three nominees have been announced. And "Height 1" is among them.

The building ensemble on the former SPIEGEL-Insel (SPIEGEL-Island) in Hamburg is complete. The two protected existing buildings from the 1960s – designed by the architect Werner Kallmorgen – have been renovated and supplemented by three further buildings on the site. The former SPIEGEL-Verlag editorial building is now called "Height 1" and was the first building to be handed over to its new user. Now the renovated structure has been nominated as one of the three best buildings for the German Sustainability Award 2019.

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Olympus Topping-out Ceremony.

20.09.2018 – Today, Olympus Surgical Technologies Europe held the topping-out ceremony for its new campus building in Kuehnstraße, Hamburg.

Here, since the start of construction in 2017, a three-section complex of buildings has come into being, which after completion will be used for production and maintenance in medical endoscopy including space for storage and logistics. Already at the laying of the foundation stone, the then First Mayor of Hamburg, Olaf Scholz, emphasised the innovative capacity and the importance of the new building for the Hamburg location. Now the works on the building shell are almost complete. A good reason to celebrate for the building owners and all those involved in the construction.

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Building start: New PTS at Frankfurt Airport.

07.09.2018 - Start of the building works for the infrastructure of the new people-mover system (passenger transport system - PTS) at Frankfurt Airport. The first steps inlude the clearing of the building site as well as the preparing of the site facilities. 

The new line will link the northbound existing terminals 1 and 2 including the attached rail-way stations to the planned new terminal 3 in the south of the airport. Opening of the complete system is slated for 2023. The northern section of this PTS has to be placed on elevated level right above of existing structures and operating areas. The planning services for this section are provided by our company, INGENIEURBÜRO DR. BINNEWIES.

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Closed again: The historic shoreline at Zollkanal.

23.08.2018 - The sheet pile walls with back-anchoring have already been completely installed. Now the reinforced concrete walls are being built up.

In Hamburg’s historic Speicherstadt (warehouse district), the reinforced concrete components are being constructed on the quay walls at Brook and Zollamt. At Brook, the first reinforced concrete section will be cemented with a height of 1.35 m. Spatially separated, the wall will then be erected to its full height. At Zollamt, the eastern connection point will be cemented, after which the concrete works will also be completed here. Subsequently the walls will be faced with brickwork and the road surface restored. The repair of the quay walls should be completed by the end of the year. The areas will then be freely accessible again.

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Fraport receives Building Permit for Pier G.

16.08.2018 - Fraport AG has received the required permit for the construction of Pier G from the building inspectorate of the city of Frankfurt. By building the new pier earlier than planned, Fraport is responding to increased passenger growth. Slated to become operational in the summer season of 2021, Pier G will initially expand FRA’s capacity by four to five million passengers.

The new pier will be built as a fully functional, state-of-the-art passenger handling facility and later integrated into FRA’s new premium Terminal 3. Pier G will excel with lean processes that enable passengers to get to their flights quickly and easily by the shortest possible paths. Architect: Christoph Mäckler Architekten, Structural Engineering: Ingenieurbüro Dr. Binnewies.

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Lecture: No Dynamics without Statics.

26.06.2018 - How do we understand our profession as structural engineers? What is our role in collaboration with building owners, architects, and other parties? What makes a good structure?

Our lecture on 3 July at 18:00 hrs in Berlin will give insights into our projects and our working philosophy. Three selected projects in Hamburg will be presented in more detail. Our lecture concludes the lecture series "Hochbaukultur aus Deutschland - Tragwerke" (structural engineering culture in Germany – structures) at the Institute of Civil Engineering at the TU Berlin, aimed at students and all other interested persons. Admission is free without prior registration.

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Lecture: Living with a view.

24.06.2018 - As part of the public lecture series "Seminar for Structural Engineering" at the Technical University of Braunschweig, we will talk (in German) about our new construction project "Konrad" situated in Hamburg.

The site in Adenauerallee, in Hamburg’s central St. Georg district, has been waiting for a new structure for many years. Now the construction works are in full swing. The complete ensemble consisting of an high-rise residential tower with 18 storeys and a four-star hotel is highlighted by the 14-storey and up to 6-metre wide projection of the residential tower towards Adenauerallee – a challenge for the structural engineers.

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Guided Tour: Remediation of quay structure at Zollkanal.

19.06.2018 – We invite you to a guided tour at Zollkanal in Hamburg Speicherstadt (warehouse district) where the remediation works at the historic quay walls are in full swing. Our tours start on Saturday 24 June at 12, 13, 14 and 15 hrs. Meeting point: Wandrahmstieg. All those interested are welcome.

The quay walls consist of brickwork, dams and timber pile foundations. For some 130 years, time has taken its toll of them. They have suffered deformations towards the water and depressions in the roadway. Now the quay walls at Brook and at the former customs house will be remediated with due regard to the adjacent buildings and the stringent requirements for conservation of historical monuments. Reinforced concrete components will be produced as reinforcements and faced with brickwork in order to retain the historic appearance.

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Guided Tour: A style icon with a unique structure.

18.06.2018 - 23/24 June is  "Day of Architecture and Civil Engineering 2018". We invite all those interested to join us on a guided tour to see the freshly renovated Finnlandhaus through the eyes of a structural engineer.

The building’s form of construction, dating from 1964, is unique in Hamburg. The floors are suspended upwards in the facade axes via slender steel constructions. In the uppermost storey the load of the structure is set down on the central bracing core via pre-stressed concrete trusses. In the 1960s, a bunker was integrated into the two basement storeys. It is no longer required, so that new useable floor areas could be created here.

Guided tours start on Saturday, 23 June at 10, 11, 12 hrs., Meeting point: Esplanade 41

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Work continues at Baakenhafen.

14.06.2018 - Against the backdrop of the recently inaugurated Baakenpark, the next engineering project is coming into being. The new ramp structure at Gerda-Gmelin-Platz connects to the retaining wall, which already exists as a building shell, and ensures the barrier-free transition to the promenade at Versmannkai.

Firstly the deep foundation of bore piles and micro grouting piles is installed. Here, the narrow tracks between the numerous existing foundations in the former port area must be used – a challenge for the planners. A continuous baseplate is then cemented onto the piles. This bears the weight of the walls that are arising as well as the rest of the ramp construction. Finally, this is followed by the red brickwork cladding that is characteristic of HafenCity.

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New living quarters - almost completed.

08.06.2018 - The new living quarters on Holzhalbinsel (literally "wood peninsula") in the Rostock Stadthafen (city port) district are almost completed. The first tenants have already moved in. It is hard to imagine a more perfect residential location.

The houses are arranged around an inner courtyard on a shared, over 10,000 m² basement storey that will be used as a cellar and a garage. The building complex will be flanked on the water side by a new waterfront promenade. The building site on Holzhalbinsel is not at all normal. It consists to a large extent of landfill and building rubble. Therefore, special measures had to be taken to ensure the stability and permanence of the foundation and basement storeys.

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Impressive building shell with a new facade.

07.06.2018 - The landmark former IBM building has been dismantled down to the naked building shell. The high-rise building by the architect Werner Kallmorgen was erected in 1966 and made architectural history with its facade, designed to imitate a punch card. Now, the installation of a new and modern facade, approved by the historical monument conservation authority, is nearly completed.

Prior to that, the shell was made fit – fit for the future and for a new use. This involved interventions in the structure, especially for alterations required for the renewal of lifts and building services as well as concrete remediation measures. Currently, the new office spaces are made ready for the future tenants.

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Lecture: New spaces for the planetarium.

04.06.2018 - As part of the lecture series "Seminar for Structural Engineering", which is organised by the Institute of Statics at the University of Braunschweig, we will give a public lecture on the rebuilding project "Planetarium Hamburg".

During the approximately eighteen-month rebuilding phase of the former water tower in the Hamburg city park, the foyer level on the first floor and the plinth were extended. New spaces have been created in the plinth for refreshments, shop, events, exhibitions, offices and toilets. Access to the Planetarium is now at ground level from the Stadtpark. Additionally there are now two lifts to the star theatre and to the observation platform.

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New Overseas Restaurant: Topping-out in the harbour.

26.05.2018 – Topping-out ceremonies are always a special occasion. This was also confirmed by the Mayor of Hamburg in his speech, especially when such an event takes place at Hamburg’s most beautiful spot and in good – although windy – spring weather.

On the new flood protection facility, Sprinkenhof GmbH has erected a spectacular new building which from the beginning of next year will be open to all visitors and naturally also to the people of Hamburg for culinary experiences.

The signature feature of the building’s design is the nearly 15 m long projection of the narrow building in the easterly direction – although at the moment, for constructional reasons, it is still under support – and the fully glazed southern facade with what will then be an unobstructable view of the harbour panorama.

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Foundation stone laying in Munich Riem.

24.04.2018 – After more than 2.5 years of planning, it is ready to start. The building shell works for the new construction in Munich Riem exhibition city can begin.

To mark the start, the building owner, GEWOFAG, issued invitations to a ceremonial foundation stone laying. In beautiful weather, the first spades of sand were shovelled.

We hope such good conditions will continue for the further building works. In the course of our building shell monitoring, we will also continue to keep an eye on the progress of construction.

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Rebuilding of Hamburg’s most notorious bank branch starts.

26.03.2018 – To replace its former bank building on Schulterblatt which was destroyed during the G-20 summit meeting, the Hamburger Sparkasse (Haspa) is erecting a new seven-storey structure on an altogether very restricted site.

The Haspa branch will move in on the ground floor, while the first to third storeys are planned for use as offices. The two topmost storeys are intended for subsidised housing.

By agreement with the local advisory council, the new building will be provided with a special facade which will give character to Hamburg’s famous street corner from the middle of 2019.

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Contract for the construction of the PTS awarded.

20.03.2018 - Fraport AG has awarded the contract for the construction of the new people-mover system (passenger transport system - PTS) at Frankfurt Airport.

The new line will link the northbound existing terminals 1 and 2 including the attached rail-way stations to the planned new terminal 3 in the south of the airport. Construction work is scheduled to start in mid-2018. Opening of the complete system is slated for 2023.

The northern section of this PTS has to be placed on elevated level right above of existing structures and operating areas. The planning services for this section are provided by our company, INGENIEURBÜRO DR. BINNEWIES.

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Ready for opening day.

19.03.2018 - Today the opening ceremony will take place for Hamburg’s new luxury hotel The Fontenay!

Since building began in 2014, great efforts have been made to create an exceptional hotel with all refinements. Special highlights include a gourmet restaurant and piano bar with a fantastic view over the Alster, Hamburg’s highest hotel pool with a surrounding spa area, as well as 131 hotel bedrooms and suites with the finest furnishings and equipment.

We wish the operators and guests all the best for the start!

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Reader prize for the Elbtower.

05.03.2018 - The investors’ and architects’ competition for the c. 230 m high Elbtower beside the Elbe bridges (Elbbrücken) has been decided.

According to a survey, Hamburg’s newspaper readers came to a somewhat different conclusion from the expert jury: they voted the design from HADI TEHERANI as the winner. Our company, INGENIEURBÜRO DR. BINNEWIES, was involved in the planning for this design.

The design comprises two sections of differing heights, joined by a glazed atrium, intended to represent a billowing sail. The bracing of the two slender high-rise slabs is assured by the central crossing part which forms a highly visible component of the design. The multi-storey plinth is planned to house public facilities.

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Archaeological finds in the building pit.

01.03.2018 – In connection with the excavation works for the building pit at Domplatz (cathedral square) archaeologists have discovered traces of a settlement dating from Hamburg’s early history.

These include old timber pile foundations, historic toilets and remains of the so-called Heidenwall. The building site area is situated immediately adjacent to the old Hammaburg. The excavation works were continued in spite of snow, ice and freezing cold. In the planning of the "Haus am Domplatz" building project, a time window for an archaeological dig had been foresightedly built in to the timetable.

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Making Space for the New.

26.02.2018 - Last weekend, parts of the existing bridge carrying Hannoversche Straße over the railway in the vicinity of Hamburg-Harburg station were demolished.

The 73-metre-long bridge was built in 1956 as a pre-stressed concrete bridge in what was then still a new form of construction.

In a 55-hour blockade of the railway line towards Cuxhaven, space was created for a modern new structure. Now, in the next 14 months, the new bridge and the adjoining road embankment will be constructed. Hannoversche Straße will be open for traffic again in the second quarter of 2019.

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Historic quay walls at Brook are saved.

22.02.2018 - The first 60 metre sheet pile wall on the quay wall at Brook is being installed.

The quay wall, situated in front of the warehouse “Speicher H”, dates from the last years of the 19th century. As a result of flooding, the quay wall was so badly deformed towards the water that it had to be partially demolished in order to prevent further damage.

Now the remediation works are in full swing. Currently the sloping sheet pile walls are being installed. After that, the micro piles, reinforced concrete wall and brickwork facings will be produced. The works will be completed by the end of 2018. Then the area will become available again for all to use.

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Ground breaking for new U1 station at Oldenfelde.

16.02.2018 - With a ground-breaking ceremony by Hamburg’s Mayor Olaf Scholz, building work officially began today on the new U-Bahn (subway) station at Oldenfelde. It will be ready at the end of 2019.

Together with the stations at Farmsen and Berne, the new station located between them will offer the 4,500 residents of the districts of Farmsen and Berne a better connection to Hamburg’s rapid transit network.

In the next two weeks, the subway line will be closed for the installation of shoring girders for the building pit between Farmsen and Volksdorf stations. Then the station building, the 125 m long platform and various technical and operating rooms as well as a Bike-and-Ride facility with 240 parking spaces will be constructed.

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Grand Opening on Hamburg’s Spiegel Island.

09.02.2018 - The new Adina Hotel, between Hamburg’s inner city and the Speicherstadt warehouse district on the site of the former legendary Spiegel canteen, is celebrating its opening.

After a short building phase, the first of three new structures on the so-called Spiegel Island has been completed.

Spiegel-Verlag had moved to a new location at Ericusspitze, freeing its former site for new uses. The protected high-rise towers have been renovated, and the new buildings in modern architecture now complete the ensemble.

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Newly anchored: quay walls at Zollamt No. 4.

01.02.2018 – The sheet pile walls that were newly installed at the former Zollamt (custom house) No. 4 in Hamburg’s historic Speicherstadt (warehouse district) are currently being back-anchored with micro piles.

Later, reinforced concrete components will be produced as reinforcements and faced with brickwork in order to retain the historic appearance.

More than 100 years have passed since the quay wall was erected. The construction has suffered in the intervening period. Flooding has resulted in subsidence in the road. The remediation of the quay wall will be completed by the end of 2018.

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BIN-GEO.DE is online.

19.01.2018 - On this website, we introduce our programme for soil calculations called BIN-GEO.

BIN-GEO is a computation programme to realistically calculate stresses and deformations in the subsoil. It was developed by our engineers based on our decades of experience with difficult building works.

The programme encompasses building phases, advancing and retreating states, pre-loadings and the non-linear bearing and deformation behaviour of the soil. Meanwhile the deployment of BIN-GEO has proved its worth in a multiplicity of building projects.

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Report on the Planetarium project published.

12.01.2018 - Our project report on the rebuilding of the Planetarium was published in the January 08 issue of the German magazin "Bautechnik".

The Planetarium Hamburg was re-opened in the spring of 2017 after a building period of c. 18 months. The objective was the modernisation including the creation of new spaces and usage possibilities. Components of the planning task included demolition and reconstruction works, retaining works for load-bearing elements subject to conservation protection. 

The results are impressive and have been received positively from all sides, not only from the owners and those involved in the planning, but also from the public.

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"4-FAL" goes into service at Airbus.

15.12.2017 – Now the production can start! Today the fourth Final Assembly Line (4-FAL) – a new assembly line for Type A320 aircraft – was put into service. And it is not a day too soon, because orders were placed for 430 A320s at the Dubai Airshow in November.

The assembly hall was only built a few years ago, but it was originally designed to house two separate assembly areas for the A380 aircraft model:

Therefore rebuilding were required. Our rebuilding plans were already finalised last spring, and the reconstruction measures for the building were completed in the autumn. And now, just in time for Christmas, the assembly plant for the A320 was also installed.

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Mission: Replacing Bridges.

23.11.2017 - The railway bridge structures at Anckelmannsplatz Square are to be replaced. We are delighted about the contract for the engineering services, including the civil, structural, and traffic design works.

To ensure that the Hamburg rail traffic can continue to run smoothly in future, older bridges are being replaced step by step, including the overbridge at Anckelmannsplatz Square.

Here, the long distance railway line Hamburg - Berlin as well as the suburban railway line Hamburg Central Station - Aumühle are crossing over the roads at Anckelmannsplatz. In view of their projected short remaining lifespan, the old bridge structures, built in 1905, are to be completely demolished and replaced by new structures.

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Practically invisible.

17.11.2017 – When aircraft must take off or land at night, obstacles such as e.g. tall electricity pylons are made visible to the pilots by means of a beacon. In Hamburg, the Jenisch Park with its tall old oak trees represents just such an obstacle for air traffic to the AIRBUS works airfield in Finkenwerder.

To ensure the safety of air traffic while not disrupting the visual appearance of the park it was necessary to avoid a massive mast construction. With the help of Mother Nature: the 10 metre high, light aluminium mast housing the beacon was mounted at a height of 18 metres in the branch of a massive oak tree.

From today, the new beacon will shine out above the treetops – clearly visible to air pilots but practically out of sight of the visitors to the Jenisch Park.

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Now the trio is complete.

11.11.2017 - Within view of Hamburg’s Inner and Outer Alster, a new skyscraper has arisen, filling the gaps between the existing Burmah-Haus and the freshly renovated Finnlandhaus structures: the new "Esplace" building at Esplanade No. 40.

It thus finally achieves the vision of the planners in 1960, who wanted to create a line of three slender skyscrapers along this important urban development site beside the Esplanade highway.

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Impressive building shell gets a new facade.

06.11.2017 - The building ensemble on Hamburg’s so-called "SPIEGEL-Insel" (SPIEGEL Island) continues to grow. The two existing structures, created in the 1960s by the architect Werner Kallmorgen and now listed as protected buildings, are being supplemented by three further buildings on the site.

The landmark former IBM building has been dismantled down to the naked building shell. A new and modern facade, approved by the historical monument conservation authority, was recently installed here.

Prior to that, the shell was made fit – fit for the future and for a new use. This involved interventions in the structure, especially for alterations required for the renewal of lifts and building services as well as concrete remediation measures.
 

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Topping-out for residential quarter in Harburg.

25.10.2017 - The SAGA Group today celebrated the topping-out of some 310 publicly funded residential apartments in Harburg.

The designs, by the architects AIT Architektur- und Ingenieurbüro Holger Trumpf and Renner Hainke Wirth, are taking shape. The building shells of the two construction sections are practically complete. This was celebrated together with all those involved in the building work.

Five apartment houses are being built here with underground garages as well as a day nursery. The speeches at the ceremony highlighted their special importance for the development of the whole district.

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Excavation works start at Hamburg Domplatz.

23.10.2017 - The construction site is ready to get the excavation works started. Immediately neighbouring the Hamburg Domplatz square, an office building with space for 400 staff is coming into being whose high-quality architecture will fit seamlessly into its environment.

The building pit will be executed by means of an overlapping bore pile wall. The massive bore pile wall is also utilised as a permanent foundation element for the building, while large parts of the load-bearing sole plate are set on shallow foundations.

But first, archaeological excavations are planned inside the building pit at this historic site next the old Hammaburg.

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University of Music and Drama is moving back home.

16.10.2017 - With a small ceremony, the moving of the HfMT back to their traditional home on the Outer Alster was celebrated today.

Following the comprehensive refurbishment of the outdated building, the students of the Hamburg University of Music and Drama (Hochschule für Musik und Theater) will find completely new teaching and practice rooms fitted with the latest and most modern equipment back at their traditional home.

During the reconstruction works, the unusual building revealed a multitude of surprises – a challenge for all those involved in the planning and construction sequence.

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Lohsepark wins Building of the Year Award.

13.10.2017 – Yesterday, the Architects and Engineers Association Hamburg (AIV) presented the winners of the 2016 AIV Building of the Year Awards. Five projects in the Hanseatic City were awarded.

This included the four-hectare Lohsepark in the HafenCity, to which the INGENIEURBÜRO DR. BINNEWIES was able to make significant contributions as structural and civil engineers.

The execution of the architecturally-designed cycle and footbridge as an integral structure on deep foundations with a crossing angle of 30° and an irregular, cubist-prismatic reinforced concrete cross-section represented a particular engineering highlight.

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Opening of new "FoodSky" at Europa Passage Hamburg.

29.09.2017 - Large-scale conversion work finished: The food and beverage area "FoodSky" at Europa Passage Hamburg will open today.

The "FoodSky" extending across the entire top floor of the center was the main focus of the finished refurbishment. It comprises a food court accommodating 15 food retailers and a common seating area with nearly 400 seats as well as five further restaurants.

The modernization of the ground floor of Europa Passage will also be completed by spring 2018. The restaurant spaces becoming available will be leased to grocery stores and retailers that offer articles of daily use.

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Testing to the limit.

22.09.2017 - Worlds most powerful large-size bearing test centre in operation.

Recently, SKF officially inaugurated the Sven Wingquist Test Center, the world’s most powerful large-size bearing test centre. The centre, situated in Schweinfurt, Germany, is equipped with two new giant test rigs that can test bearings to the extreme. The technological spadework will help to further optimize large-size bearing design and enable more efficient manufacturing. Below the line, customers will benefit from optimized solutions.

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Thanks to our followers.

19.09.2017 - One thousand followers and countless likes on instagram: We are delighted about the interest in our pics and our buildings!

In our company, engineers with experience gained from many successfully mastered challenges combine with young engineers with outstanding qualifications to form a powerful team, always ready to turn in an astounding performance.

We hope that, also with our instagram gallery, we can spread some of our enthusiasm and passion as structural and civil engineers.

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Start of repairs for the quay wall at Warehouse D6.

08.09.2017 - Currently the bore piles beneath the quay wall are being remediated. Then the waterfront structure will be strengthened with reinforced concrete and the exterior brickwork will be renewed. The anchoring is secured by slanted micro grouting piles.

Warehouse D6 on Kehrwiederfleet was completely destroyed by a bomb in the Second  World War. Rebuilding followed in the 1950s. Since then the building’s foundation on the water side has been exposed to the tide and has suffered damage in the intervening years.

The repairs will be completed at the beginning of 2018. We are delighted that our planning has contributed to the conservation of the Speicherstadt World Heritage Site.

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Free guided tours through the Brahms Kontor.

07.09.2017 - On the occasion of the Day of the Open Memorials 2017 the Brahms Kontor offers free guided tours through the building on this Sunday.

The Brahms Kontor was completely renewed 10 years ago. The protected historical components were retained in their original position and integrated into a very modern new construction behind an old façade. The removal and reinstallation of whole staircases, the provision of parts of the existing building with full basements for a more convenient underground garage entrance, the shoring of supports over many storeys, and the installation of completely new shafts for lifts and building services - all this mass of activity was accompanied by careful day-by-day attention to the detail of the building substance.

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Fraport submits Building Permit Application for Pier G.

16.08.2017 - Fraport AG today submitted the building permit application to the City of Frankfurt for the construction of the new Pier G at Frankfurt Airport.

Fraport has decided to move up the construction of the new pier in response to passenger growth, particularly in the low-cost segment. Pier G was originally envisaged as the second phase in the construction of FRA’s new Terminal 3, but is now being realized and commissioned ahead of schedule.

Construction work on the new pier is scheduled to begin in mid-2018 under the responsibility of a general contractor. Architect: Christoph Mäckler Architekten, Structural Engineering: Ingenieurbüro Dr. Binnewies.

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World’s Most Powerful Bearing Test Center has opened.

21.06.2017 - After less than two years of construction, it was finally time to open the Sven Wingquist Test Center in Schweinfurt today.

The new SKF test center is home to two gigantic rigs. They enable accurate testing methods that will support the proprietary improvements in large size bearing design. This is the only site in the world capable of testing bearings in this category under conditions that will most accurately represent real-life dynamic loads. The complete structure comprises a hall accommodating the test stations and an office and technical tract. The structural planning is based on the winning design in a closed architectural competition.

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First Students' Research Center in Northern Germany.

21.06.2017 - With an open day, the new Hamburg School Students' Research Center was opened in the Grindelallee today.

Parts of the ground floor and the basement of the university building "VG II" at Grindelallee 117 were reconstructed and turned into workshops and laboratories during the last year. Instead of coffees from Tchibo, this place now offers plenty of space for young people to do researches and experiments to their hearts content.

Inside the building, the conversion of the premises involved considerable interventions in the existing construction, while outside of the building, the facade and the dilapidated canopy were renovated.

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Art of Civil Engineering at Lohsepark & Baakenhafen.

20.06.2017 – 24/25 June is  "Day of Architecture and Civil Engineering"! We invite you to a guided tour through the Lohsepark and the open-air parts of the neighbouring Baakenhafen. Our tours start on Saturday 24 June at 10:30, 13:00 and 15:00 hrs. Meeting point: Lohseplatz, HafenCity, Hamburg. All those interested are welcome.

Civil engineering structures such as retaining walls, bridges, staircases and ramps are major components in the planning of the parks and squares in HafenCity. These structures must meet demanding design requirements, while at the same time they must also be flood-proof and adapted to the special features of the site. The Lohsepark with its "seam" (see here for more) has already been completed, while the areas of the neighbouring Baakenhaafen can be viewed as a building site.

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Inaugoration of our additional floor.

19.06.2017 - Together with all our employees, we have ceremonially opened our new additional offices on the fifth floor of the Schumacher Kontor building last Friday afternoon.

The extended office space has been made ready for us in the last weeks. Now, after completion, we have a total of four full and connected storeys - and space for 25 additional staff - available to us.

We moved our offices into the freshly-renovated architectural monument at Dammtorstraße 25 in October 2015. Besides the modern and future-oriented workplaces - now on four floors -, we also value the very special ambience of this historic building and its central location in Hamburg's inner city.

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Pedestrian bridge lifted.

14.05.2017 – Last night, a temporary pedestrian and installation duct bridge was lifted and put in place at the station Harburger Bahnhof. For this, the rail tracks in the direction of Cuxhaven had been shut down for a 33 hour possession period.

The temporary bridge is needed because the irreparably damaged road bridge Hannoversche Straße is to be demolished at the beginning of 2018 and then to be renewed by the middle of 2019.

In the meantime, this temporary bridge will serve to route both the pedestrian traffic and the supply lines over the rail tracks of Deutsche Bahn.

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Opening of denk.mal Hannoverscher Bahnhof.

10.05.2017 – The Place of Remembrance in Hamburg’s HafenCity will be ceremonially opened today. For this an extensive programme will take place from 10 to 16 May. Today’s Lohsepark is on the site of a former railway station, Hannoverscher Bahnhof, which was opened in 1872. From here, between 1940 and 1945, 8,071 Jews, Sinti and Roma from Hamburg and Northern Germany were deported to the ghettos and extermination camps in Eastern and Central Europe in 20 railway transports. Through the middle of the park runs a "seam" – a civil engineering structure comprising facing angled retaining walls – designed as a deep cutting to indicate the course of the former railway tracks.

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Foundation stone for Konrad.

09.05.2017 - The site in Adenauerallee, in Hamburg’s central St. Georg district, has been waiting for a new occupant for many years. Now it’s coming at last: The laying of the foundation stone will be celebrated today.

The new buildings will be a high-rise residential tower with 17 storeys and a four-star hotel, with a two storey underground garage beneath. The building pit was left over from an earlier project. It lay derelict for eight years before it was repaired and reactivated for this new building project.

The ensemble already has a name: "Konrad", from the street name Adenauerallee which was named for Germany’s Federal Chancellor Konrad Adenauer.

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Topping-out in the heart of Hamburg’s old town.

05.04.2017 - Here, where centuries ago the "foundation stone" of the port and mercantile city of Hamburg was laid, the Kontorhaus Handelsreich is emerging. The topping-out ceremony will be held today!

The historical underground here is full of structural witnesses to former eras, sometimes up to 800 years old – a very special challenge for the planners and builders, but one that was successfully mastered.

Due to its prominent location on the corner of Hopfenmarkt and Hahntrapp, the new building will help to define the appearance of the Nikolaiviertel district and form a link to the tradition of Hamburg’s historic trading houses.

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A wide span.

04.04.2017 - The gigantic porch of the new hotel "The Fontenay" has been put in place. It was delivered in eight individual sections and assembled on-site.

The projecting steel roof weighs 50 tonnes. Its length corresponds to the span of an Airbus A320. Covering an area of some 170 m², it will enable future guests to reach the hotel in inclement weather without getting wet.

With its sweeping shape, the porch integrates seamlessly with the unique architecture of the new hotel building.

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Building start in St. Georg.

31.03.2017 - Finally: In a deep building pit in St. Georg that has lain derelict for 8 years, work is starting on the building shell for a residential tower and a hotel.

The old building pit was originally created for a quite different building project, but then remained unused. The newly-planned building ensemble with a two-storey underground garage will now be integrated into the existing building pit construction, which has previously been remediated for its new use.

The tower crane has already been set up. Shortly the building shell will become visible and will continue to grow in the coming weeks. The new complex, comprising a high-rise residential block and a 4-star hotel, will close one of the last major gaps in the urban development in St. Georg.

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Second place in a high-class field of competitors.

07.03.2017 – The design by the architect’s office SAA Schweger Architekten from Hamburg was among the three winning designs in the competition for the new LVR-Haus in Cologne’s Ottoplatz. It was awarded second prize. The three prize-winners were selected from a total of 21 designs submitted by architects from Germany and the Netherlands.

INGENIEURBÜRO DR.BINNEWIES supported SAA’s work with ideas for an economical and well-structured building design. The design, for the offices of the Rhineland Regional Council (Landschaftsverband Rheinland, LVR) features a jointless reinforced concrete skeleton construction with joist-free flat floor slabs. Generous column spacing permits very flexible use of space. Sincere congratulations to the team of architects at SAA for this special achievement.

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If it doesn’t fit it will be made to fit.

22.02.2017 - Start of the conversion works on the Airbus Manufacturing Hall 213/214. The hall was newly built just a few years ago. Originally, two separate A380 assembly berths were accommodated here:

This is now being converted – in an area of some 13,000 m² – into one continuous production line for A320 aircraft. For this purpose, two wide openings with dimensions of up to c. 8 m x 14 m will be broken into the over 30 m high and 80 m long firewall – a central structural element of the hall.

In addition, mining techniques will be used to create new equipment rooms under the sole, which also have to be connected by creating further openings in the sole.

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More Space for Space.

27.01.2017 - The moment has arrived. 14 February is the date for the official reopening of Hamburg’s Planetarium. From 15 February the Planetarium will be open to all visitors on two Open Days. Shows will then begin on 17 February with a new programme.

During the approximately eighteen-month rebuilding phase, the foyer level on the first floor and the plinth were extended. New spaces have been created in the plinth for refreshments, shop, events, exhibitions, offices and toilets. Access to the Planetarium is now at ground level from the Stadtpark. Additionally there are now two lifts to the star theatre and to the observation platform.

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More stylish, more modern, more diverse.

20.01.2017 - Large-scale conversion work starts: Ten years after its opening, Europa-Passage, located in downtown Hamburg, will get a complete makeover.

The new "FoodSky" extending across the entire top floor of the center will be the main focus of the planned refurbishment. It will comprise a food court accommodating 15 food retailers and a common seating area with nearly 400 seats as well as five further restaurants. The "FoodSky" will open in fall of this year.

The modernization of the ground floor of Europa Passage will also be completed by spring 2018. The restaurant spaces becoming available will be leased to grocery stores and retailers that offer articles of daily use

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Fish Market under water.

13.01.2017 - At the turn of the year, storm tides in Hamburg once again led to flooding and the Fish Market (Fischmarkt) in St. Pauli was under water several times. Water levels were more than 2 metres above "Mean High Water" level. But such high tides are a routine occurrence in Hamburg, and no major damage was done.

At all events it is comforting to know that the flood protection barriers in Hamburg - also at the Fish Market - are designed to cope with much higher water levels ...

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More space for creativity and knowledge.

09.01.2017 - INGENIEURBÜRO DR. BINNEWIES is expanding its office space and has taken over an additional floor in the Schumacher Kontor building.

We moved our offices into this freshly-renovated architectural monument at Dammtorstraße 25 in October 2015. Besides the modern and future-oriented workplaces on three floors, we also value the very special ambience of this historic building and its central location in Hamburg’s inner city.

The extended office space will be made ready for us in the coming weeks. When complete, we will have a total of four full and connected storeys – and space for 25 additional staff – available to us.

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A Striking Presence in Hamburg’s Inner City.

03.11.2016 - First prize for the office and commercial building at Heuberg 1 / Hohe Bleichen 8 in the BDA Hamburg Architecture Prize 2016!

The jury’s verdict: The new multi-storey office and commercial building is a striking presence at a key location in Hamburg’s inner city. The art of inserting a new component into the cityscape alongside its extremely multifarious neighbouring buildings has been celebrated with virtuosity as a work of architectural sculpture down to the last detail ... With a high level of design quality and an independent and powerful appearance, this new building fits very proportionately into the heterogeneous ensemble ...

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A Component of the Local Scene.

03.11.2016 - Award-winning design: Klubhaus St. Pauli is awarded 2nd prize in the BDA Hamburg Architecture Prize 2016!

The statement of the jury: The Klubhaus on Spielbudenplatz in St. Pauli is more than simply a home for various live music clubs, offices and a theatre as well as a bar on the roof, and its media facade is more than just cladding. It is an integral component of the colourful local scene in and around the Reeperbahn ... The building also pleases on account of its profiled outer skin which not only appears in its true colours at night but also cuts a good figure in daylight.

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The winners have been declared.

03.11.2016 - BDA Architecture Prize 2016: We congratulate the prize winners, and we are delighted to have been able to make our contribution as structural engineers to the success of some of the award-winning structures.

As well as a first and a second prize, these also include the jury’s official commendations for the projects "Modernisation of Hamburg’s Kunsthalle" and "Marquard & Bahls Corporate Head Offices".

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It’s been rolling for 5 years now.

21.10.2016 - How time flies! "Our" taxiway bridges at Frankfurt Airport have now been in operation for exactly 5 years!

The north-west runway was opened on 21.10.2011. To connect it to the airport’s existing flight operation areas, two taxiways cross the ICE railway line, the A3 autobahn and the airport ring road. Five large bridge structures were created. Taxiway Bridge West 1 is more than 90 metres long and up to 117 metres wide along the taxiway axis. Taxiway Bridge East 1– also along the taxiway axis – is more than 200 metres long and up to 220 metres wide.

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Happy 10th birthday to the Europa Passage.

05.10.2016 - 10 years ago today, the Hamburg shopping mall Europa-Passage was opened. Framed by the Binnenalster and Ballindamm, by existing buildings and underground stations, and by streets and alleys with their countless utility lines, a 160-metre long arcade had been created with five shopping levels.

It is embedded into a seamless 16-storey building which extends as far as 24 metres into the ground. In addition to retail spaces, the Europa Passage offers plenty of room for restaurants, storage, offices, parking and modern building services.

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Second Topping-Out for Finnlandhaus.

29.09.2016 - After the first topping-out ceremony on 30 April 1966, today saw a second topping-out celebration for this spectacular high-rise structure.

The protected building was completed in 1966 as an innovative suspended construction. The floors of all storeys are suspended from the roof storey which sits on the inner bracing core. The core transmits the entire load of the building into the ground. On the ground floor the inner core is visible as a slender foot.

By April 2017, the building will be completely renovated in the style of the 1960s but to today’s most modern technical standards.

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Ground breaking for new dm headquarters.

16.07.2016 - The turning of the first sod for the construction of the new dm head offices took place today in Karlsruhe in glorious sunshine.

In its new headquarters, the drug-store giant plans to bring together seven administrative locations onto a single site. The project will be completed by Spring 2019 at the latest.

The construction will be a four-storey administrative building, outstanding on account of its special ground plan geometry. The associated multi-storey car park is planned as a green hill.

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HafenCity's Lohsepark was opened.

14.07.2016 - HafenCity's biggest park landscape has been completely finished. The Lohsepark was opened last weekend. Around 20,000 visitors celebrated the park’s opening with a big summer party attended by Hamburg’s first mayor.

An artificial trough cuts through the new park. This so-called "seam" traces the route of the historic rail tracks from the former station forecourt, through the park to the former platform. The building is part of a place of remembrance of a dark chapter of Hamburg history: between 1940 and 1945 at least 7,692 people - Jews, Sinti and Roma - were deported from here.

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Car Park P1 could be "Building of the Year".

07.07.2016 - At least, so it was reported in today’s Hamburger Abendblatt: the multi-storey car park "P1", designed by the architect Riegler Riewe, was nominated to the World Architecture Festival (WAF) on account of its special form. The building, a rounded triangle, allows optimal use of its 2,600 parking spaces according to the WAF. At the same time it requires no artificial ventilation and minimal lighting.

A total of five German buildings have made it onto the shortlist for the WAF’s "Building of the Year". The awards will be presented at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin from 16 to 18 November.

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Concrete for locomotives.

03.06.2016 - Today the topping-out ceremony was held for the construction of a new production and logistics centre for locomotives. Six production halls and an industrial hall were constructed for the company Vossloh Locomotives on an approximately 18,000 m² site using prefabricated reinforced concrete.

From next year, locomotives will be manufactured at the "Business Campus Kiel" business park in Suchsdorf using the most modern methods. Up to 40 locomotives per year will be delivered from the production halls. With optimised building processes and a new platform concept, the time required to build a loco will be reduced from today’s 18 months to six months.

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One step closer to the stars.

01.06.2016 - Architecture and Engineer's Architecture Day 2016 in Hamburg on June 25. INGENIEURBÜRO DR. BINNEWIES invites you to visit the building site of the rebuild and enlargement project of the traditional Hamburg Planetarium.

Until early 2017, Hamburg Planetarium is closed for the public. Major improvements for visitors will be implemented during this period of construction: a new entrance on floor level will be added within the green hill surrounding the tower, allowing much improved access to the building. The planning of the new spaces in the plinth and the extensions to the existing foyer level on the first floor involved considerable interventions in the existing construction.

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Ericus Contor - sustainabiliy confirmed.

02.05.2016 - The new office and administration building ERICUS CONTOR has achieved the DGNB Platinum certification this week.

Platinum is the highest award that can be achieved from the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB).

The German sustainability certificate awarded by the DGNB is an acknowledged quality hallmark for sustainably constructed buildings that underscores the environmental expertise along the entire value added chain of a property.

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Only flying gets you higher.

29.04.2016 - New contract: A powerful state-of-the-art passenger transport system (PTS) is required at Frankfurt Airport to connect the planned new terminal 3 in the south to the the northbound existing terminals 1 and 2 including the attached rail-way stations. 

The northern section of this PTS has to be placed on elevated level right above of existing structures and operating areas.

We are very delighted to have been awarded the contract for this demanding civil and structural engineering task.

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The works of art have returned.

22.04.2016 - The Hamburg Kunsthalle will be reopened on 30 April 2016 after reconstruction and renovation, in which the old main entrance was re-activated as sole entrance for the entire complex.

Now a visit to the Kunsthalle is not only worthwhile on account of the works of art on display. The historic structure, carefully renovated and meeting the latest technical standards, is also deserving of the art lover’s attention.

From 30 April to 31 May 2016 on the occasion of its reopening, the admission is free!

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A forted residence 'gainst the tooth of time.

March 12, 2016 - Contract awarded to INGENIEURBÜRO DR. BINNEWIES: Refurbishment of quay walls at Zollkanal in Hamburg - Civil and Structural Engineering.

The sands of time have taken their toll on the appearance of the historical quay walls in Hamburg HafenCity, subjected to the constant stresses of earth pressure and changing water levels for over 120 years. Now the ageing quay walls have to be technically and visually refurbished to meet the demands that will be placed on it in the future.

Not only here, we have shown that we are up to the task:

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Topping-out for Hotel Fontenay.

20.11.2015 - The building shell of the new luxury hotel on the Alster is complete.

Today, in perfect Hamburg topping-out weather, the wreath was raised. And accompanied by good wishes and blessings on the new building, the obligatory schnapps glass was shattered in accordance with tradition.

The building schedule was challenging. From the successful conclusion of the architectural competition at the end of 2013 until today, just two years have passed, in which time the project has moved from the design stage, through the approval and execution planning, to the completed concrete building structure.

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New apartments for Munich Riem exhibition city.

16.10.2015 - Commissioned: Structural engineering for new residential quarter.

We are delighted! In the framework of a public procurement process, INGENIEURBÜRO DR. BINNEWIES has won the commission for the structural engineering for a new residential complex with underground car parking directly adjacent to the "Messestadt Ost" subway station in Munich’s Riem district. A lively new city district will come into being here. Around a central, attractive and urban square, a large retail store, smaller shops, social and cultural facilities, a public library and residential apartments will be developed.

The building planning has been commissioned to the architects Henchion Reuter Architekten from Berlin as the winners of an architectural design competition.

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We moved.

12.10.2015 - We are excited to announce that the BINNEWIES team finally has moved to a more comfortable and spacious office location last weekend.

Our shiny, new office is on Dammtorstrasse in the SCHUMACHER KONTOR right in the city centre of Hamburg. This building, the former Hamburg school authorities building built in 1913, has now transformed into a modern office building with the flair of old buildings. 

We look forward to seeing you at our new address: