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ZÜBLIN to construct new Axel Springer building in Berlin

Ed. Züblin AG, a subsidiary of European-based construction group STRABAG SE, has been commissioned by Axel Springer SE to build its new building in Berlin. Züblin will realise the project as general contractor under the group’s teamconcept. The partnering scheme already helped ZÜBLIN secure the qualification competition for the pre-construction phase that started in early 2015 and the company has been working jointly with Axel Springer, Rotterdam-based architectural firm OMA and the design team on all phases of the project from the preliminary design to the construction permit. The spectacular architectural concept by Rem Koolhaas features a more than 30 m high atrium that stretches through the entire building and which will open up to the existing Axel Springer campus.

Teamconcept holds many advantages The teamconcept partnering scheme is particularly special because of the early inclusion of all parties involved in the design and construction process. “Thanks to the early coordination and the transparency afforded by the binding teamconcept framework, we were able to accelerate certain processes in the run-up to this challenging construction project and were able to realise a number of optimisations. It was also possible to move up the start of the detailed design phase and to minimise redundancies”, explains Thomas Birtel, CEO of STRABAG SE. “The teamconcept offers all involved a reliable partnership that helps to lay down projects jointly with as much on-time delivery and on-budget completion as possible.”


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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