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Revitalisation IHK München und Oberbayern (Munich and Upper Bavaria Chamber of Commerce and Industry) headquarters

IHK Stammhaus Muenchen Aussenansicht
IHK Stammhaus Muenchen Innenansicht
Starting point

The revitalisation project for the headquarters of the Munich and Upper Bavaria Chamber of Commerce and Industry was an extensive and highly complex refurbishment project. The building dates from the early 20th Century and was beset by significant structural defects and potential stability problems arising from the existing structure, with many elements monument listed.

The project partners instructed were unable to meet the high expectations of the IHK, and as a result there were significant delays and cost increases even before works commenced. It was impossible to rule out total failure of the project as a result.

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Given the situation, the former president of the IHK, Dr. Sasse, initially appointed BOHNZIRLEWAGEN to join the project in a technical control function and later extended this to include project leadership and acting as the developer’s representative. This involved getting the considerable construction problems back under control and taking the project out of public focus through reorganisation.

Services and added value from BOHNZIRLEWAGEN

Initially, Thomas Bohn himself was appointed to undertake an internal review to monitor the project participants and to inform IHK decision-makers of any critical developments at an early stage. After the regular project analyses revealed increasingly more deficits and thus significant project risks, the IHK decided to entrust BOHNZIRLEWAGEN with the overall project management and developer representation.

The first task was the reorganisation of the project. A number of project participants needed to be replaced with better-performing partners, whereby BOHNZIRLEWAGEN was able to bring about a largely amicable and uncontested but short-term departure of certain parties and the instruction of replacements. During this phase, BOHNZIRLEWAGEN took over other operational project management tasks such as the overall co-ordination, quality assurance and superordinate schedule, cost and contract management.

Thanks to the reorganisation of the project and committed project leadership by BOHNZIRLEWAGEN, this highly complex real estate project was brought back on track in terms of execution, schedule and cost control, and ultimately to a successful conclusion, attracting much public acclaim.

The revitalisation of our historic headquarters in Munich presented both a technical and organisational challenge. Thanks to the bold intervention and trust-based collaboration with BOHNZIRLEWAGEN, the major project was eventually successfully commissioned in April 2019, to much public fanfare. My heartfelt thanks go to Prof. Thomas Bohn and his highly competent team.”

Dr. Eberhard Sasse
President IHK Munich and Upper Bavaria

“The revitalisation of our historic headquarters in Munich presented both a technical and organisational challenge. Thanks to the bold intervention and trust-based collaboration with BOHNZIRLEWAGEN, the major project was eventually successfully commissioned in April 2019, to much public fanfare. My heartfelt thanks go to Prof. Thomas Bohn and his highly competent team.”

Dr. Eberhard Sasse
President IHK Munich and Upper Bavaria

New-build “Innovation Factory” for the furniture manufacturer Brunner Group

Brunner Aussenansicht
Starting point

The medium-sized family-operated company Brunner planned an innovative manufacturing, office and exhibition building at its main site. A renowned Berlin-based architectural practice was instructed for the project. The Brunner family had set a maximum project budget, as well as completion and commissioning deadlines. Since Brunner does not have its own construction division, it appointed BOHNZIRLEWAGEN as external consultant, developer’s representative and responsible project leader.

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Services and added value from BOHNZIRLEWAGEN

In terms of its corporate architecture, Brunner laid down mandatory criteria for its very high design specifications. In response, the architects created extraordinary and bold project ideas in the initial design and concept development phase.

The intensive cost controls by BOHNZIRLEWAGEN on these initial project concepts quickly showed that the planning and design specifications exceeded the maximum budget.

As the developer’s representative, BOHNZIRLEWAGEN initiated an iterative process for the purposes of “design to cost”. This was followed by intensive workshops with the principal participants to find affordable solutions in terms of the high design specifications. It was during this phase that BOHNZIRLEWAGEN’s construction consulting expertise in terms of cost and economic efficiency issues were particularly valuable.

The result was still a highly complex design, coupled with an optimal utilisation concept and simultaneous adherence to the budget. This laid the qualitative and commercial foundations for the project on which BOHNZIRLEWAGEN could henceforth monitor and control compliance with project objectives.

After this initial project development phase, BOHNZIRLEWAGEN proposed and selected the other project participants and integrated them into the project organisation through corresponding contracts. BOHNZIRLEWAGEN laid down a clear project organisation and controlled the mandatory scheduling requirements. The qualitative, commercial, organisational and scheduling framework completed this important element of the project set-up phase.

As the developer’s central point of contact for all project participants, BOHNZIRLEWAGEN was able to achieve a trust-based collaboration over the course of the project, through joint team-building exercises and workshops. This resulted in a positive and trust-based project environment, in which the services of all those involved integrated perfectly with each other.

The result was an outstanding project which was reported in renowned architectural journals and which met the client’s high specifications in terms of utilisation and design concepts, and was completed both on time and on budget.

The planning and development of a new manufacturing, office and exhibition building was a financial and organisational milestone in our development as a medium-sized family-operated company. The instruction of a large architectural practice, together with BOHNZIRLEWAGEN’s management and project expertise as our developer’s representative, produced the desired result architecturally, on budget and on schedule, of which all participants can be justifiably proud.”

Dr. Marc Brunner
Owner Brunner Group

“The planning and development of a new manufacturing, office and exhibition building was a financial and organisational milestone in our development as a medium-sized family-operated company. The instruction of a large architectural practice, together with BOHNZIRLEWAGEN’s management and project expertise as our developer’s representative, produced the desired result architecturally, on budget and on schedule, of which all participants can be justifiably proud.”

Dr. Marc Brunner
Owner Brunner Group

Elementum
Munich

Elementum Muenchen Aussenansicht
Elementum Muenchen Innenansicht
Elementum Muenchen Innenhof
Starting point

In 2018, a fund managed by Credit Suisse purchased the Postbankquartier in Munich, occupying a prime location next to the central railway station with a total area of around 40,000 sq m. After completion of the acquisition, BOHNZIRLEWAGEN was initially instructed to co-ordinate and manage the preparation of a planning appraisal. An optimal planning strategy was required to be determined for the various scenarios: complete preservation, preservation with partial demolition or complete redevelopment. Due to its location, the site is of outstanding urban development significance for the city of Munich, contributing to the spirit of the location.

Three renowned planning offices were invited to pitch but it was the Herzog & de Meuron architectural practice which won the day with its “preservation with partial demolition” concept.

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Parallel to the planning appraisal, BOHNZIRLEWAGEN produced initial estimates relating to budget and framework scheduling as the first basis for internal decision-making by the client. After successful completion of the appraisal procedure, BOHNZIRLEWAGEN, as the developer’s representative, carried out the tendering and instruction of the general specialist planner for the project. In addition to the tendering process, Herzog & de Meuron assisted in the further urban development studies and considerations with the objective of increasing the scale of permitted development. In the meantime (as of 02/2021), the building authorities have approved a future increase of the existing planning law to an area of approx. 60,000 sq m on the basis of an outline planning permission.

The project has already attracted plenty of media attention thanks to its superb architectural design by Herzog & de Meuron and the sensitive treatment of the existing building fabric. A large part of the previous building shell and core has been preserved thereby conserving resources, and the impact of the construction site on neighbouring occupiers and the city centre has been kept to a minimum.

The strip-out of the building commenced in Autumn 2020, so that the initial construction phase could still take place in 2021. Completion is scheduled for 2025.

BOHNZIRLEWAGEN is supporting Credit Suisse in all tasks as operational owner’s representative: from the design and planning stage to construction, the management of authorities and neighbours, supporting the interface to the existing tenants, the vacation of the property and the eventual reletting. The co-operation is characterised by a high level of trust, partnership and open communication.

“The Postbankquartier in Munich occupies a prime location at the central railway station and has a special meaning for both the city of Munich and us as investors, in terms of urban development and the real estate sector. After careful consideration, we awarded the great responsibility for the management of the project as operational developer’s representative to BOHNZIRLEWAGEN. From the design and planning stage to full implementation, local authority and neighbourhood management, the management of the interface with existing tenants and the eventual vacation of the property, BOHNZIRLEWAGEN was able to demonstrate its wide range of services and comprehensive experience in the management of such complex and large-scale projects. The collaboration was characterised by a high degree of trust, partnership and open communication.”

Andreas Diesslin, Dipl. Arch. FH, dipl. Immobilienökonom FH, MBA HSG, Director Global Real Estate at Credit Suisse Asset Management AG (Switzerland)

“The Postbankquartier in Munich occupies a prime location at the central railway station and has a special meaning for both the city of Munich and us as investors, in terms of urban development and the real estate sector. After careful consideration, we awarded the great responsibility for the management of the project as operational developer’s representative to BOHNZIRLEWAGEN. From the design and planning stage to full implementation, local authority and neighbourhood management, the management of the interface with existing tenants and the eventual vacation of the property, BOHNZIRLEWAGEN was able to demonstrate its wide range of services and comprehensive experience in the management of such complex and large-scale projects. The collaboration was characterised by a high degree of trust, partnership and open communication.”

Andreas Diesslin, Dipl. Arch. FH,
dipl. Immobilienökonom FH
, MBA HSG, Director Global Real Estate at Credit Suisse Asset Management AG (Switzerland)

Office and retail property
Leipziger Platz Berlin

Trion Berlin Aussenanscicht
Trion Berlin Leipziger Platz Aussenansicht
Starting point

The developer intends to construct an office and retail building on the last undeveloped site on Potsdamer Platz/Leipziger Platz. The central challenges of this project are the overbuild of the S-Bahn railway lines and long-distance railway tunnel whilst these are in operation, and a clarification of the foundation conditions at the historic location given the date of construction.

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Project development

In the project development phase, the initial task was to create a system plan to ensure the viability of the project in terms of planning law and economic feasibility, and as a basis for the architectural competition. The result of the competition was the development of an architecturally profiled project which fulfils the required positioning of the property in the top rental price segment. The results were secured in planning and building law terms with a positive outline planning permission. This was followed by the transition to an orderly and structured design, planning and implementation process. As the project continued, BOHNZIRLEWAGEN, as central project and construction manager, was able to achieve trust-based and team-orientated co-operation between all companies involved in the design, planning and construction process. The objective was an outstanding project which attracts the interest of the real estate industry, but can also be used as an example of complex construction projects in terms of structural design and construction management for the purposes of scientific study at the Technical University of Berlin.

Services and added value from BOHNZIRLEWAGEN

BOHNZIRLEWAGEN was instructed with the technical management services and, together with a project partner, was responsible for construction management. Their presence on site and the critical leadership role of the project management team from project initiation to the full market launch – as well as the partnership- and trust-based project management process – contributed significantly to the overall success of the project.

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