Magdeburger Hafen

Quay wall: repair + strenghtening

Hamburg, HafenCity

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  • Client:
    HafenCity Hamburg GmbH
  • Repair, strengthening, and conservation of listed monument
  • Complicated conditions of the ground
  • Length: c. 560 m
  • 6,400 m² sheet pile wall 
    (c. 1,000 to)
  • 115 piles
  • Time: 2007 - 2008
  • Building costs: c. 5.1 mill. EUR
  • Our scope:
    civil and structural engineering

The sands of time and the next 100 years.

From Hamburg's Jungfernstieg, a central axis runs through to the HafenCity with direct access to the Elbe – the Magdeburger Hafen. This has developed from a former handling point for goods and commodities into an open area with a central expanse of water in the heart of HafenCity.

However, the sands of time had taken their toll on the appearance of the historical quay wall, subjected for over 100 years to the constant stresses of earth pressure and changing water levels. Now the ageing quay wall has been technically and visually refurbished to meet the demands that will be placed on it in the future.

The former wooden seepage guard has been replaced by a modern steel sheet pile wall, and some sections have been anchored with injection piles. The existing masonry was retained in the process of renovation, although damaged sections were restored in keeping with its status as a protected historical monument. The new masonry surfaces were artificially aged so that in the near future the whole area, parts of which have been redesigned, will attain a uniform appearance. 

The quay wall is now well equipped for the next 100 years, and will again become a source of pleasure for those who view it. 

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