A study is now available for the canceled project of a functional building for the festival, which aims to show how things might continue. Result: only a provisioning version is possible.
Bad Hersfeld – It remains unclear whether the functional building of the Bad Hersfeld Festival, urgently needed for space and occupational safety reasons, can still be built. Realization doesn’t seem hopeless in the least.
After the project is currently on hold in the fall of 2021 for cost reasons, among other things (our newspaper reported), a feasibility study conducted in the past few months has raised new hopes. The results were the subject of the judge this week and were also presented to the Education and Culture Committee on Wednesday evening.
The study comes from the office of Kirschner und Partner PartGmbB Architekten from Heringen. As a client, the city has set three goals for this: to create a concept that can be approved in terms of construction, soil and monument preservation, to create suitable working conditions for festival staff and all this while strictly adhering to the five million euro budget or reducing construction costs.
Because the design of the Architects’ Bureau from the original competition, as initially planned, would not only exceed the specified costs by almost double, and also no longer meet the more stringent specifications recently of the State Office for the Preservation of the Monuments of Hesse.
Nearly half of the five million identified years ago will be borne by the federal government, but about 200,000 euros have already been spent on the competition and about 100,000 more will now have to be allocated for an expert opinion that is still required by the state’s antiquities office as a mandatory intermediate step, it was said when submitting studying.
In any case, with the budget presented thus far, it would only be possible to have a two- to three-story “economy version” with cheaper standards and the absence of a rehearsal stage in order to have enough reserve for any further increases in construction costs or necessities that suddenly appear in the process.
And the new building, for the sake of which the existing old customs house opposite the ruins of the monastery will be demolished, must also be built on this exact area. It should be a little deeper, but not bigger and hardly higher, otherwise the described soil probes alone will not be affordable for everyone at this point.
The first ideas for a new, functional building for commercial professions and management of the Bad Hersfeld Festival were already in 2016. At the end of 2016, city council members then passed the corresponding resolution with an advertised 50% funding from the federal government.
Inspections followed and the project was finally included in the list of Hessentag projects. The architectural competition was ultimately unsuccessful, and award proceedings were halted.
There is no alternative to new construction
According to Pullman, the former bathroom and customs house which has a shooting range in the basement cannot be renovated nor is it fit for purpose.
In preparing the feasibility study, they worked closely with the approval authorities from the start, Polman emphasized, which is why it was also very clear that the new building could only be built on the exact floor plan of Customs House. In addition, the design and materials must be clarified in an expert opinion process with selected suitable offices, which will result in additional construction costs of around €100,000.
Pullman described the abbey neighborhood around the ruins as a particularly historic place and “Hersfield’s nucleus,” where particularly strict specifications apply for this very reason. The new building must also be “subject to” the ruins of the monastery. “The ruins should still be the star,” says Pullman.
If a two- to three-story building can be achieved, it makes sense to use the basement as a warehouse, the ground floor for the workshop, props, lighting and the like, and perhaps an optional multi-functional room if the money is still available.
Then the upper floor will have space for offices and, for example, in the half of the attic for the director’s office. Pullman attached importance to the fact that it is currently just a sample or “blank”. The feasibility study should be understood from the perspective of expert opinion and not as an architect’s service.
Further price development can hardly be expected
The risk can only be calculated by a reduced area program, with strict compliance with the conditions of the frame and the construction process built into several sections. It is recommended to continue the project only if all specifications are met, with the option to do without a multifunctional room, otherwise not.
Costs that were not affected included customs demolition, soil excavation and the expert opinion process. In addition, further development in prices cannot be expected at the moment.
Mayor Thomas Felling spoke on the commission for the alternative report that the State’s Office of Monuments Preservation had requested as an additional investment in order to be able to continue at all and then be able to make a final decision, although many questions remain unanswered.
A rehearsal stage and a multifunctional room would be nice, but they’re not strictly necessary and can’t be done within a budget. In addition, the focus from the beginning was on unacceptable conditions for employees and new rooms for them. The idea for the rehearsal stage came later.
Rolf Malachowski (FDP) complained about stricter requirements to preserve the memorial after a change of staff and Dr. Thomas Handke (SPD) called for more funding opportunities to be sought, which Feilling deemed hopeless.
However, Hans-Jürgen Schülbe (UBH) has raised the question whether the five million years ago were still realistic or whether they should be reconsidered. An ordinary building does not fit into the area of \u200b\u200bthe monastery and after all it should last for a long time. (Nadine Mayer – Moaz)