Project management

Cycling and indoor swimming arena

ProjectConstruction of a cycling and indoor swimming arena
Project locationBerlin
Services SMVProject management
ClientOSB Sportstätten GmbH, Berlin
ArchitectsDominique Perrault, Paris / APP, Berlin
Construction costsapprox. EUR 296 million
Realisation period1993-1998
Contact person SMVThomas Lewicz
Project description

The project was conceived as part of the immediate construction measures for the Olympic Games as part of the city of Berlin’s application to host the Olympic competitions for track cycling, swimming and artistic jumping in 2000. After Sydney had been chosen as the venue, the project was redesigned for a multifunctional permanent use, but the requirements for the use of the competition venues were kept at the same level as for world championships.

The two large sports halls with their main building mass were erected below the surrounding ground level with a clearance height of 13 m. For this purpose, almost 500,000 m³ of excavated soil was transported by rail from a temporary loading point directly at the project to the final landfill site.

Role SMV

SMV was appointed as leading partner of the office community. PROMOS was commissioned for the entire scope of project management services and the entire implementation period.

The scope of services also included the demolition of the cold storage complex located on the site, the dismantling of a freight station for the slaughterhouses and cold stores located there, which was incorporated into the building plot, as well as the laying of a main heating line in the road area and the undercutting of the mainline and suburban railway tracks in operation for the transport connection of the nearby Landsberger Allee suburban railway station through a pedestrian tunnel.

Immediately after the decision for the competition design by architect Dominique Perrault, PROMOS was commissioned with all areas of project management across all project stages 1 to 5.

Customer benefits

After the negative decision of the venue for Berlin Olympia 2000, the associated replanning for multifunctional permanent use and the construction of the swimming hall, which was started a year later due to the dismantling of the cold storage facility, opinions were voiced in the budget committees of the state of Berlin that no longer wanted to realize the construction of the swimming hall. The short-term, active elaboration of decision alternatives by PROMOS with the respective cost consequences prevented the building, which had been designed as an overall object in terms of functionality, traffic development, architecture and urban planning, from becoming an unattractive torso for public use. Instead, the capped budget set by the state was realised within the originally planned timeframe through considerable savings without any loss of functionality and quality.

The project has provided proof of the high quality of the project through the annual Berlin 6-day races as well as national and international championships in the swimming pool hall.