Two years of construction work on the new Capital Airport BBI: "We are right on schedule"

04.09.08 11:35
Europe's biggest airport construction site / First preliminary construction sections complete / Go-ahead given for terminal construction / BBI opening on 30 October 2011
On 5 September 2006, work officially began on the construction site of the future Capital Airport BBI. "The German capital's most important project", said Berlin's governing mayor, Klaus Wowereit. And commenting on the official start of construction, Matthias Platzeck, Minister President of Brandenburg, said: "Our future is being built here."

Following two years of intensive construction work, Dr. Rainer Schwarz, CEO of Berlin Airports, can safely say: "BBI is taking shape. The progress being made on the construction site is impressive. When construction work began on the BBI Terminal in July 2008, we achieved a key milestone." Manfred Körtgen, BBI/Technical Director of Berlin Airports: "So far, we have awarded contracts amounting to around €1.2 billion without any legal action being taken and have been able to build without any disruptions. The progress we have made so far shows that we are well on target to open the BBI on 30 October 2011."

The construction site for Berlin Brandenburg International Airport BBI is the size of more than 2,000 football pitches. A total of €2.2 billion are being invested in the airport, in addition to multimillion outside investments. BBI will create up to 40,000 new jobs in the region. All air traffic will be bundled at BBI in 2011. The new airport will give the region the capacities required for the next decade.

Two-year overview of Europe's biggest airport project:

  • 26 October 2006: Europe's most modern concrete factory is put into operation

A total of 3.4 million tonnes of concrete alone are used to build BBI. Europe's most modern concrete plant is therefore built just a few weeks after the official start of construction. The plant avails of its own rail link and is right in the middle of the BBI construction site. In order to speed up production, the concrete plant is extended several times. Relocating deliveries of raw materials from the road to rail translates into enormous relief for both residents and the environment.

  • 30 April 2007: First section completed for train tunnel

Following 10 months of construction, work is completed on one of the first BBI construction sites. The first section of the western rail link is a 90-metre-long and 23.8-metre-wide reinforced concrete section of the tunnel, representing the western entrance to the 3.4-kilometre-long train tunnel. It is important for the rest of the construction process that the tunnel section be completed on schedule, as numerous supply and waste disposal lines for BBI must be laid along the tunnel.

  • 27 June 2007: More than 1,700 AirportRUN participants

At ideal running temperatures, 1,754 runners take in the very special atmosphere of the airport while participating in the half-marathon around the BBI construction site. The route takes runners past the runways and across the construction site for the new Capital Airport Berlin Brandenburg International BBI. The 3rd AirportRUN is held one year later, in early summer 2008. Dr. Rainer Schwarz, CEO of Berlin Airports and a participant himself, said: "The AirportRUN is now a permanent fixture on Berlin's calendar of events."

  • 9 July 2007: Construction work begins on the underground BBI railway station

Construction work begins as planned on the structural framework of the six-platform BBI railway station. Dr. Rainer Schwarz, CEO of Berlin Airports: "Over the next few months, you will be able to see the underground station growing bit by bit." The 405-metre-long and approximately 60-metre-wide BBI railway station, part of which will lie directly beneath the airport terminal, also forms the foundation for the passenger terminal yet to be built. Construction work is initially focused on laying the foundations, which are being built using a so-called combined pile-raft foundation.

  • 14 November 2007: A building with a vision

In the 90s, the infobox at Potsdamer Platz was a huge magnet for visitors. Today, the BBI construction site is the one drawing in the people of Berlin and Brandenburg. The 32-metre-high BBI Infotower, which is in the midst of construction activity, offers visitors a view over the construction site, the size of which is equivalent to more than 2,000 football pitches. Brandenburg's Minister President, Matthias Platzeck, on the opening: “In the truest sense of the word, the Infotower is a building with a vision. Now that it is open to the public, anyone can come here and see our region's most important economic and job motor for themselves." Right next to the BBI Infotower is a visitor pavilion offering current information all about the construction work.

  • January 2008: BBI as a top investment location

The first major achievement in marketing space on the BBI site: Berlin Airports has sold 37.9 hectares of the altogether 109-hectare BBI Business Park Berlin to the British business space operator SEGRO. Berlin Airports also agreed an option with SEGRO for the acquisition of a further 24 hectares. A 17,000-square-metre area in the BBI Business Park Berlin was sold to ANH Hausbesitz GmbH & Co. KG from the Sauerland region of Germany. The site is located at the entrance to Berlin's largest business park on the B96a.

  • 23 May 2008: Opening of the airport motorway

Schoenefeld finally gets city airport status with the new motorway link. The 700-metre section of the airport motorway A113 closes the last remaining gap between the Berlin city motorway A111 and the A113 at Waltersdorf/Schoenefelder Kreuz. Passengers can now turn off the motorway and drive straight up to the terminal. Driving time from Kudamm to Schoenefeld has been shortened to just 25 minutes. The completion of the motorway also means that BBI will be fully linked to the German motorway network when it opens in 2011.

  • 2 July 2008: First preliminary construction section of BBI railway station complete

Work on the first 185-metre-long section of the preliminary construction for the station is completed on schedule. This section forms the foundation for the BBI Terminal. Klaus Wowereit, governing mayor of Berlin: "The first big section of the BBI construction work is complete."

  • 11 July 2008: Go-ahead given for construction work on the BBI Terminal

Starting construction work on the BBI Terminal marks a key milestone on the way to completing BBI, as Europe's biggest airport project is now taking shape and rising. The six-storey BBI passenger terminal will be 220-metres long, 180-metres wide and 32-metres high. A 715-metre-long main pier will be built in front of the terminal and, according to current plans, will have 15 jetways. The terminal will be completed by a 350-metre-long north pier, which is intended for walk boarding, and a 350-metre-long south pier with 10 jetways. The U-shaped terminal complex will initially be able to handle 22 to 25 million passengers. Klaus Wowereit, governing mayor of Berlin, on the start of construction: "The new terminal will be the mainstay of the future airport."

  • 15 July 2008: BBI summer tour of Brandenburg

Brandenburg's Minister President, Matthias Platzeck, opens the BBI summer tour of Brandenburg. From July to September 2008, Berlin Airports will be travelling with the Infobus all over Brandenburg on the BBI summer tour informing the people of the region – from Prignitz through Uckermark to Lusatia, from Havelland to the Oder River – about the opportunities and potential that this, the biggest development project in Berlin and Brandenburg, holds for them.

  • September 2008: The region's largest economic driver

By September 2008, the contracts already awarded by Berlin Airports amount to around €1.2 billion, of which more than €800 million, i.e. approximately 70 per cent, have gone to local businesses. This confirms that Berlin Airports' concept of supporting local small and medium-sized enterprises is a success. BBI is the region's largest economic driver even during construction.

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