102: Lokhalle Göttingen is fit for the future

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102: Lokhalle Göttingen is fit for the future

Updated: 05/05/2022 06:58

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Flooded with Light: The 9,000-square-meter Locomotive Hall, built in the 1920s, has new technology – including dimming, electronics, and lighting.

Photo: Thomas Copytz / HNA

A famous place in Göttingen shows its age: the 174-meter locomotive hall is now being modernized – for ten million euros.

The locomotives were being developed here – now the locomotives hall itself is being “modernised”. It should cost ten million euros and be implemented within three years with ongoing operations. Summer holidays should be used in particular. The GWG Association for Economic Promotion and Urban Development in Göttingen would like to provide information on construction and progress. There will be regular guided tours, starting on Sunday 8 May.

Strong steel beams – some with lightly rusting rust, steel crane bridges with roller and gasket blocks, strong floors with built-in rails, open skylights through which light falls in lines, mysteriously enveloping the huge interior: that’s it, locomotive hall. An industrial monument and the largest event center in the region. Awarded nationally as the best event site. And equipped with great taste.

He has been working for 24 years in a new job; The original building was completed in 1920. Millions of visitors have seen and even tried it. To remain that way, after 24 years of operation as an event hub, it is now being “upgraded”, with the city and its wholly owned subsidiary GWG describing it as sober and massive. “Lokhalle has to keep up with the times – it’s now a case of promotion,” GWG General Manager Jens Düwel said in a nutshell. Modernization is generally necessary and less so, compared to other cultural buildings in Göttingen, due to omissions. “Locomotive Hall has been advancing for years.”

Update in secret

There will be no new buildings or expansions, but the impressive building will be modernized, above all inside and out, made safer and more energy efficient – it will eventually be upgraded.

The fact that the city is getting a luxury ten million – with potential market-related price increases – in the form of cheap loans being passed on to the GWG is essential and important, Mayor Petra Broistedt said. According to the report, Lokhalle generates 25 million euros annually, which also includes corporate sales and restaurant trade. This left 15 million euros of added value in the city and region.

Additionally, after tumultuous discussions prior to its rebirth as a juvenile hub, Lokhalle is now “an anchor to define Göttingen,” says Broistedt.

Hall management has struggled during the pandemic: Previously, usage was 100 percent — now it’s 50 percent, Kay Ahlborn says. Deputy Hall Director Nicole Clammer used the time created in this way to ask, “What needs improvement?”

Technology, lighting and equipment

Technical Building Equipment (TGA) is now being modernized with ventilation systems, fire alarm system and electrical installations. According to Ahlborn, the thing that catches the eye of visitors the most is the new lighting concept including LED technology. Lokhalle should radiate more inside and out – facade lighting can vary in color – in concert with the colors of the company’s design for the tenants.

In general, the locomotive hall as an industrial monument should also be organized more impressively. Inside there will be better blackout options. Outside, there are also PV elements on the roof, which puts demands on stats and planning, says ONP’s Alyssa Brill.

Planned WLAN, rediscover the basement

According to Kai Ahlborn, it is extremely important to create a modern IT infrastructure with a comprehensive WLAN – today the standard in event halls. In the locomotive hall, especially for trade fairs, wiring must be laborious and expensive.

Subterranean passages such as former locomotive maintenance pits and rediscovered smaller bunker rooms, also built as bunkers in the 1930s, will also be used. The grids are also designed to give visitors a glimpse into the subsoil.

Broested stresses that more funding will be raised for the modernization. You have already received 200,000 euros.

Planners can also use Toten Hosen’s Campino as an “Explorer”. The singer bravely stepped on a steel beam at a 2005 concert in front of 6000 fans. He has stood his ground.

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