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Logistics & Transport

Cologne public transport


City of Cologne, Office for Bridges, Tunnels and Light Rail Construction


Architekturbüro Frings, Kretzhaus and Schüssler-Plan Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH, Cologne

Project duration

January 2014 – June 2022


Cologne, Germany 

Construction cost

Approx. €8m (gross)


One of the aims of upgrading the Vingst light rail station in Cologne was the renovation of the fire protection facilities. The underground station was also to be made safer and more attractive. Accessibility and crime prevention measures include openings to allow in natural light and greater visibility.


With the award of a contract in accordance with a Europe-wide tender procedure, Drees & Sommer is managing the remodeling of the Friesenplatz light rail station, one of the city’s largest stations. Five elevators will be retrofitted, the platforms will be adapted in height and length to the new generation of vehicles, and the fire protection technology will be upgraded. During the upgrade, the team will be using Building Information Modeling (BIM) for the planning of a light rail station.


Drees & Sommer was also awarded the contract for the remodeling of the Barbarossaplatz light rail station, also following a Europe-wide tender process. The focus for this aboveground light rail hub in the center of Cologne is on preparing the station for the new generation of light rail vehicles, which require platforms that are longer and higher.

Added value

  • Significant reduction of workload for Cologne city council: Harmonization of the schedule with financing and subsidy requirements and the successful conclusion of the project.
  • All work completed with the transport system in full operation
  • Stringent fire protection requirements met

Service elements

  • Project management 
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