Vinci wins €76m contract to upgrade and operate civic centre in Germany

WCN Editorial Team 1 Jul 2020 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Vinci Energies has signed a public private partnership (PPP) contract worth €76m, with the German town of Velbert, to upgrade and operate its civic centre the Bürgerforum Niederberg.

Built in the 1980s, Bürgerforum Niederberg has been the town’s venue for cultural activities. The civic centre includes 780-seater threatre, two recreation rooms and a meeting hall which hosted several exhibitions and events.

Once the upgrade is completed, the new centre will be able to offer new services including a media library, a cafeteria, a citizens office (Bürgerbüro), a community education centre and a music and arts centre.

The upgrade project will be conducted in two phases. The first phase of the project, which will cost €44m, will include renovation, extension and elevation of the building to transform it into a modern, multipurpose venue.

Vinci Energies subsidiary Vinci Facilities Solutions director Bernard Jean said: “We are working in close collaboration with the client, who benefits from shorter timescales and general contracting services.

“The architectural specificities and the challenges that arise as a result are what make the Bürgerforum Niederberg project special. It’s an iconic place that will showcase VINCI’s expertise on demanding projects.”

While the original, listed architecture will be preserved to combine tradition and modernity, the upgrade is expected to significantly improve the energy performance of the building and even exceed federal requirements.

Expected to begin in this autumn, the first phase work will be completed in the first quarter of 2023.

Furthermore, Vinci will continue the partnership by operating the building until 2048. Worth €32m, the contract will involve providing concierge services, upkeep, maintenance, reinvestment and energy provision.

Velbert Mayor Dirk Lukrafka said: “Through this successful partnership, we will bring together culture and education all under one roof. We will create a cultural centre open to people of all ages, located in the heart of our town.”

Velbert cultural service director Linda Frenzel said: “All those involved are excited to see the finished product! The cultural diversity, the possibility of putting on more shows and developing synergies with neighbouring towns in the future represent an extraordinary opportunity for Velbert and its population.”


Vinci wins contract to upgrade and operate the civic centre in the town of Velbert. (Credit: VINCI.)

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