Freiham Nord

© Störmer, Murphy and Partners
© Störmer, Murphy and Partners

Freiham Nord: Rose-Alscher Group commissions excavation work for new district center

Munich, Datum After finalization of the approval procedures, the construction work for the new district center has commenced. The Munich Rosa-Alscher Group ordered heavy machinery that is currently in the process of excavating a huge building pit in preparation for Mahatma Gandhi Square and the neighboring buildings. On two of the four construction sites, the Rosa-Alscher Group is in charge of the work – for the other two sites, ISARIA Wohnbau was won as a partner. The new district center in Freiham was designed by the Hamburg architects Störmer Murphy and Partners and is considered the architectural show piece of Europe’s currently largest urban development project.

100,000 cubic meters of excavated soil

One year ago, the Rosa-Alscher Group had its two sites examined for potential explosive material, archeological relicts and also possible contamination. In the weeks before Christmas 2020, the construction site was set up. Not even the heavy snow fall in January could prevent the planned excavation of the almost eight-meter-deep pit on the two sites that are 65 x 84 meters and 137 x 55 meters large. Over a duration of around ten weeks, an amount of approx. 1,750 m3 of soil are now being moved every day. The excavation of both pits amounts to a vast total of around 100,000 m3. At the same time, sheet piles, soldier piles and around 215 anchors are set. 

A prestigious project for Munich

What might sound very technical for a layman, shows experts the dimensions of this project. “Soon 25,000 people will be living around the central square in Freiham Nord,” concludes company manager Alexander Rosa-Alscher, “Therefore we would like to prove that work also continues during COVID and show that this fantastic project can take shape quickly.” The excavation work is due to be completed by May. Then, in a next step, construction work starts with the second lower level. 

An urban square with significant symbolic value

The construction pit that is currently being excavated will offer space for two levels of underground parking beneath two five-story buildings as well as a one-story connecting underground parking area in between these two buildings. Directly above, will be the urban square – the heart of Freiham Nord – and arranged around the square there will be striking buildings with a total floor area of 90,000 m2. Bevor people can stroll around here, do their shopping and meet friends, it will be a little while yet. The new urban entrée to Munich’s west is due to be completed by 2023.

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