Festive foundation-stone laying ceremony for new administrative complex
On 28 June 2019 the foundation stone was laid for the new ALDI Campus in Essen-Kray. In a solemn act in the presence of Mayor Thomas Kufen and project stakeholders, representatives of the food discounter ALDI Nord jointly laid the first stone for the company's future administration complex in Eckenbergstrasse. This was the official launch of the Essen-based group’s biggest construction project to date. combine Consulting had developed the user requirements programme as well as an office concept for more than 1.000 work spaces. In addition, combine Consulting managed the architectural competition, from compiling the specification manual to overseeing the organisational process through to performing functional reviews and coordinating the decision-making process. The proposal submitted by the Hamburg-based firm BAID Architekten ultimately won the contract.
combine Consulting not only supported ALDI Nord during the engagement and negotiation phase with the general contractor but continues to render services during the current building construction phase, which will eventually include interior planning as well as the development of the operation and use concepts.
Located right in the centre of the Essen-Kray district, at the site of the former ALDI Nord logistics centre, a new, innovative office complex is now taking shape. Soon all organisational units of the company's administrative and support services division ALDI Einkauf GmbH & Co. oHG will be residing at the new site. This means that employees currently working at three different sites will all be working together at the new campus. The state-of-the-art office complex could eventually be expanded to accommodate more than 2,000 work spaces. On a lot of roughly 100,000 square metres, a new, agile work environment will be created. It will feature a modern architecture and open structures, supporting mobility and interdisciplinary collaboration.
Open areas with an adequate number of adjacent retreat spaces will create a true 'start up' atmosphere, while ‘Communication Hubs’, taking the place of traditional meeting rooms, will be perfect for short-term meetings. An integrated plaza in the midst of the campus is meant to induce employees to spend leisure time and interact. Furthermore, the campus will feature a fitness pavilion for employees as well as a day care centre. Sustainability has been playing a major role from the early planning stages for the campus: Apart from aspiring to obtain the coveted DGNB gold certification, the planners included a rainwater percolation system for the green areas, photovoltaic panels and other green technologies in the concept. The new ALDI campus is slated to be ready for occupancy in 2022.
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