Project management

Ludwig Erhard House


ProjectNew office building with stock exchange and service centre
Project locationBerlin
Services SMVProject management
ClientBerlin Chamber of Industry and Commerce
ArchitectsNicholas Grimshaw & Partners, London
Construction costsapprox. EUR 127 million
Realisation period1992-1998
Contact person SMVBernd Hullmann
Project description

The building project Ludwig-Erhard-Haus was built on a plot of land with a surface area of 7 580 m┬▓. The supporting structure consists of fifteen mighty steel arches forming a ribbed structure. A flat, vertical outer wall was placed in front of this supporting structure facing Fasanenstra├če. The individual office floors were suspended from the arches using steel sections. A column-free reception hall and passage on the ground floor opens up two atriums.

The premises of the Ludwig-Erhard-Haus include offices as well as communication and exhibition rooms. In addition, a multifunctional, triple-divisible hall, which can accommodate up to 400 people, and a small lecture hall for 150 people can be used. Service shops and restaurants as well as parking spaces on both floors of the underground car park are also integrated into the Ludwig Erhard House.

In addition to the stock exchange, departments of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry moved into the completed building section of the 1st construction phase, which was to move out of third-party leases in the city area and be concentrated in the new building and on the IHK’s main site. The measure was accompanied by an organisational restructuring of the IHK with the assistance of the project management in the development of alternative concepts for room group, settlement and furnishing plans. In addition, the project management had to steer the concept for the operation, the tendering and the awarding of the facility management.

Role SMV

SMV was commissioned in consortium with Buro Four, London with the comprehensive project management including project management of the project. In this context, an economic feasibility study had to be carried out and a utilization program as well as a rental space marketing concept had to be developed.

Customer benefits

The early integration of real estate operation and management aspects and objectives into the planning under the special conditions of restructuring the client organisation in a building that should also accommodate third-party rental space is a demanding control and coordination task in the complex client structure of a public law institution with corresponding hierarchical structures in the decision-making bodies.