Over the past four years, between the Dom (cathedral), the Römer (city hall) and Paulskirche(St. Paul’s Church), Frankfurt am Main’s DomRömer Quarter has been taking shape. This has been a unique and especially challenging construction project, particularly as it involved the rebuilding of the old city destroyed during World War II, with the construction of 15 near-replica buildings in addition to 20 new buildings that were required to blend into the historic setting.
Between mid-April and mid-May, the 75 condominiums and 30 commercial premises will be handed over to their new owners. The project management service provided by Drees & Sommer included support in the form of schedule, cost and buyer management for the lighthouse project that gives Frankfurt back its historic cityscape. The client in the project is the city of Frankfurt am Main. DomRömer GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the city established in 2009 especially for the project, is responsible for the development, planning and realization of the old city quarter. In addition to the residential units already completed, three museums as well as cafés, high-class restaurants and shops are now being built on the approximately 7,000 square-meter area occupied by the former ‘technical’ city hall (Technisches Rathaus) building.
Large Number of Project Stakeholders Calls for High Level of Transparency
Construction work on the DomRömer Quarter began in 2014. Drees & Sommer oversaw the design of the area as part of its project management service. In addition to working with and coordinating a large number of project stakeholders – more than 100 companies were involved in the construction – another challenge was refurbishing existing buildings. For instance, the retention of the public underground parking lot required an innovative approach. After the fitout of the commercial space, the DomRömer Quarter will be officially inaugurated in September 2018 with a big street party.