Foundation stone laid for the OPUS project in Krefeld

On Monday, the foundation stone for the Opus project was laid on Willy-Brandt-Platz, right next to Krefeld railway station, in the presence of Frank Meyer, Mayor of the City of Krefeld, Thomas Becker, Managing Director of Krefeld Job Centre, as well as Bettina Knipfer and Franziska Weimann, representatives of real estate developers die developer.

With this project, die developer Projektentwicklung GmbH are developing an environmentally-friendly building complex with office space over a gross floor area of around 13,500 m². The office space that is being built will be used exclusively by the Krefeld Job Centre.
Over a construction period of a year and a half, around 400 modern workplaces were created in a central location that includes a landscaped inner courtyard which can be used by job centre employees as a place to rest and relax, as well as consultation zones that are designed with customers in mind in a green, open and contemporary environment. With a mix of around 18 trees with different sizes and crown shapes that are suitable for the urban climate, it’s not only the car park areas that make a green statement. The inner courtyard has also been given a green façade and a varied mix of plants to ensure a good micro-climate and plenty of ecological diversity. Furthermore, electric charging stations for cars and electric bicycles will promote e-mobility.

The OPUS project will meet state-of-the-art energy standards.

“The area behind the railway station, which has fallen far short of its potential for decades, is currently undergoing an enormous revitalisation. The Opus project and the neighbouring new building for Autobahn GmbH have created two attractive, environmentally-friendly buildings with spaces for hundreds of jobs. Furthermore, we have seen some fantastic designs for remodelling the building in the design competition for Willy-Brandt-Platz. Krefeld will soon have a completely new urban calling card at this central location,” says Frank Meyer, Mayor of the City of Krefeld.

Stefan Mühling, Managing Director of die developer Projektentwicklung GmbH adds: “With the laying of the foundation stone, we are delighted to have officially launched the realisation of this project at one of Krefeld’s most central locations. OPUS Krefeld is activating the unused potential of the site on Willy-Brandt-Platz and closing urban planning gaps. With its volume, it is creating a new framework for an urban space in front of the main railway station. Here’s what Thomas Becker, Managing Director of Krefeld’s Job Centre has to say: “In future, the job centre employees will be working at one of the most modern workplaces in Krefeld. We are especially proud of this. We are extremely pleased that the construction of the building has finally begun.”

The building is expected to be completed by mid-2023.

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