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Official laying of the cornerstone for theatre buildings at Kraftwerk Mitte in Dresden

Press release   •   Jul 08, 2014 15:44 CEST

  • New cultural quarter in Dresden being built turnkey by Züblin’s business units from Thuringia and Saxony
  • Construction scheduled for completion in the summer of 2016

Dresden, 8 July 2014 The cornerstone for Kraftwerk Mitte in Dresden was laid today on the Züblin construction site at Wettiner Platz/Ehrlichstraße. The official ceremony was attended, among others, by Helma Orosz, Mayor of Dresden; Markus Ulbig, State Minister of the Interior of Saxony; Axel Walther, managing director of KID; Torsten Teichgräber, technical business unit manager at Züblin Thuringia; and Uwe Niebergall, technical business unit manager at Züblin Saxony. Ed. Züblin AG was awarded the contract for the planning and turnkey construction of the new cultural quarter last September from Kommunale Immobilien Dresden GmbH & Co. KG (KID).

The laying of the cornerstone marks the official start of construction for Züblin’s Thuringia and Saxony business units to build the location for the Dresden State Operetta and the junge generation. The new arts and cultural quarter, based on a design by pfp architekten bda of Hamburg, will be completed in direct proximity to the College of Music by the summer of 2016. The four venues (State Operetta plus the tjg’s main stage, studio stage and puppet stage), with a total capacity of around 1,300 spectators, as well as all relevant service areas and theatrical facilities will feature more than 30,000 m² of gross floor area when completed.

As general co-ordinating contractor of the € 96 million project, Züblin is also in charge of the renovation of the existing buildings, such as the historically listed machine hall, as well as for a portion of the challenging stage technology. Torsten Teichgräber is proud that he can help realise this unique cultural project: “We are making an important contribution to bringing together young and old at a central location near the Semperoper and the State Playhouse.” The first performances are scheduled for 2016.

Stuttgart-based Ed. Züblin AG has about 14,000 employees and, with an annual output of over € 3 billion, is one of Germany’s leading construction companies. Since it was founded in 1898, ZÜBLIN has been successfully realising challenging construction projects in Germany and abroad and is the number one in the German building construction and civil engineering segment. The company’s range of services comprises all construction-related tasks – from civil engineering, bridge building and tunnelling to complex turnkey construction to structural timber engineering and public-private partnerships. ZÜBLIN attaches great importance to partnership-based cooperation, and our ZÜBLIN teamconcept has proved its value as a successful partnering model for more than 15 years now. Current construction projects of the company, a subsidiary of globally operating STRABAG SE, include the new Axel Springer building in Berlin, Messehalle 12 in Frankfurt and the Albabstieg Tunnel along the new Wendlingen–Ulm railway line. More information is available at

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