Redesign of the Kreishaus district center area in Oberbergischer Kreis district - award winners of the architectural competition determined

On January 22, 2020 Oberbergischer Kreis presented the three winning designs of the realization competition “Increasing density of the district center area in Gummersbach.” Participants designed how the district administration, which is currently spread across 20 buildings, can be combined on one space while at the same time increasing the number of workplaces. The challenging design had to take into account the steep topography and include the existing district high-rise.
First place went to architectural office Hascher Jehle Design from Berlin. Second place went to Cologne-based Lorber Paul Architekten, while sinning architekten from Darmstadt came in third. The jury selected the winners from 15 anonymous designs.
“The planning contract will be awarded to one of the three award winners in a separate procedure,” said Ute Jasper, Lawyer and Team Leader at Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek. “In the next step, the district council will decide on the start of this award procedure. The goal is to award the planning services by the summer of 2020,” added Kirstin van de Sande, Lawyer and responsible for public procurement law in the procedure. After an approximately two-year planning phase, construction work can then be started. The new buildings are expected to be ready for occupation in 2025.
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek advised Oberbergischer Kreis on holding the architectural competition and will also support the upcoming public procurement procedure on planning and construction services.
Counsel: Dr. Ute Jasper (Team Leader “Public Sector & Public Procurement”), Kirstin van de Sande (Public Procurement), both Düsseldorf.
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek’s “Public Sector & Public Procurement“ department has been one of the market leaders in procurement law for years. Its lawyers occupy top spots in the relevant German and international lawyer rankings. Since 1991, they have advised on awards, restructuring, large-scale projects, and cooperations in the public sector and have accompanied several hundred large-scale projects of federal, state, and local authorities and their subsidiaries with a total volume of more than EUR 40 billion without any procedures having been successfully challenged to date.
Dr. Ute Jasper is one of the most renowned lawyers for procurement and infrastructure projects in the public sector. She advises federal and state ministries, municipalities, and businesses, particularly on innovative and complex projects. Ute Jasper is a Partner at the law firm of Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek and heads its “Public Sector & Public Procurement” department. For years, she has been ranked number 1 in Public Procurement Law in JUVE’s Handbook of Commercial Law Firms and according to “Law Firms in Germany,” is the “premier contact on the market” for infrastructure. In October 2016, she received the JUVE Award for Regulated Industries with her team.
Kirstin van de Sande, Partner, is a member of the “Public Sector & Public Procurement” practice group with a focus on designing and implementing complex public procurement procedures.

Image 1: Oberbergischer Kreis

Announcing the winners of the realization competition (from left to right): Reinhold Müller (Chairman of the Oberbergischer Kreis Building Committee), Felix Ammann (District Building Department Head), Jochen Hagt (Head of the District Authority), Martin Halfmann (Architect, Technical Judge), Klaus Grootens (District Director), Christine Dern (assmann group), Gabriele Keil-Riegert (Head of the Office for Real Estate Management), and Jürgen Hefner (Technical Associate of the City of Gummersbach)

Image 2: Architectural office Hascher Jehle Design GmbH.

Terraced structures and green roofs characterize the winning design

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