Tower 185 - New skyscraper for Frankfurt
Frankfurt, May 30, 2008. Vivico is responsible for one of Frankfurt's new multi-storey office blocks - Tower 185 - in the Europaviertel. The auditing company PricewaterhouseCoopers AG (PwC) is letting around 60,000 sqm in Tower 185 for its new Frankfurt headquarters. A contract has already been signed.
Tower 185, which is to be located on the street Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage, includes a total of 116,000 sqm (around 1,250,000 square feet) of gross floor space. By renting out part of Tower 185 to PwC, Vivico has concluded the largest contract in the Frankfurt office market in recent years.
At a press conference at which both Vivico and PwC were represented, Edwin Schwarz, head of the planning department, emphasized its significance for the city: "The Europaviertel is one of the largest urban development projects in the whole of Germany and the most important development area in Frankfurt. That's why I'm particularly pleased that, with Tower 185, an additional project will be carried out at the entrance to Europaviertel between Messe (trade fair venue) and Bankenviertel (financial district). This project is a significant step in the development of the new city district. I would like to thank both the investor Vivico and the tenant PwC for their faith in Frankfurt as a skyscraper location.
Hans Wagener, spokesman for the Board of Directors of PWC, about the move of the company's headquarters: "Due to our continuous growth, the number of people we employ in Frankfurt has increased to over 2,600, meaning that we had to rent three buildings in Mertonviertel. We will be able to reunite our Frankfurt team under one roof on Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage. Its proximity to the main railway station and its convenient transport links is an important plus factor for many of our employees. Overall, the move is a clear sign of our faith in Frankfurt as a business location."
Bernhard H. Hansen, CEO of Vivico, explained that the dynamic development of the entire Europaviertel will be continued: "We are already able to speak of a real success story: With Tower 185 we are now building the first skyscraper in the Europaviertel. We are particularly pleased to be able to welcome PwC as a tenant. Such a client proves that Frankfurt is an international business location and speaks for the growing reputation of the Europaviertel."
The address of Tower 185 is Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage 35-37. The building also stands on Hohenstaufenstrasse and Osloer Strasse. The banking district and the main railway station are within walking distance, and connections to public transport and the airport are outstanding. Tower 185 marks the entrance to the Europaviertel and is located next to the Skyline Plaza, the planned shopping and events centre. The tower owes its name to its height of 185 metres (approx 606 feet). Tower 185 consists of a horse-shoe-shaped plinth building with a natural stone façade. Two multi-storey sections with an aluminium and glass façade arise from this; they surround a glazed middle section. Together they form the actual tower.
The building has a total of approx. 116,000 sqm of gross floor space above ground. PwC is renting out over 60,000 sqm of this for its Frankfurt headquarters. The international estate agents Knight Frank provided advice with the conclusion of the contract. In the six-storey plinth building there will be a canteen for employees of PwC as well as offices and the conference centre. A central urban entrance square leads into a six-storey foyer and so connects Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage with the Europaviertel.
More than 1,200 sqm of retail space and restaurants on the ground floor of the plinth building will invite lingering and will enable people to experience the overall atmosphere of Tower 185. In the upper floors of the 50 storey tower, there will be prestigious board, communication and conference rooms with a unique view of the skyline of Frankfurt. The tower contains a two-storey underground car park with around 550 parking places.
The architecture was designed by the Frankfurt architect Professor Christoph Mäckler. His design was chosen within the framework of a competitive multiple commission. The form of Mäckler's idea stems from rematerialised modernity; it stands for both timeless elegance and the sustainable use of resources that are becoming scarce.
Vivico will bear responsibility for Tower 185 until the keys are handed over. The building application will be submitted in spring 2008. Work will begin on preparing the land in August, in order that excavation work can begin in autumn 2008. The plinth building should be finished in autumn 2010, the tower itself at the end of 2011. Work has begun on marketing the remaining 30,000 sqm of office space in Tower 185.