CCH Congress Center Hamburg, Europe‘s often copied model for convention centres in 1973, will undergo extensive reconstruction and modernisation works until 2018. According to the Hamburg senate, costs will total 194 million euro at the utmost. CCH‘s reconstruction will be the first projects to see the implementation of the senate‘s new principles on cost-neutral construction. The new guidelines will ensure the compliance of cost, timeline and quality even in complex projects.
Based on plans by the architects Jost Schramm, Gerd Pempelfort and partner, CCH was built 1969-1973 in a unique location between Dammtor-Bahnhof station, the fairgrounds of Hamburg-Messe and Hamburg‘s Botanic Gardens. 38,000 cubic metres concrete and 4,800 tonnes of steel were used in the construction of the five-storey CCH and its two basement levels, with its added hotel tower being a landmark since then.
For 40 years, CCH belonged to the ‘Champions League‘ of MICE locations, with 130 world concresses hosted. To ensure its leading role in the future, CCH‘s central part will be restaured, while the eastern side will be torn down up to ground level. Details will be defined in the preliminary planning, design engineering and approval planning.
Next to the renewal of technical building equipment (TGA), the heating, air conditioning and fire protection plus the works on their facades and flat roofs, also the redesign of the foyer visited by nearly 200,000 people each year is high on the agenda. Also comprised in the work load is a new, barrier-free access to nearby Dammtor station.