Architectural firm Bolles + Wilson wins Beelitz-Heilstätten’s urban development competition

Sanatoriums Beelitz.With a gentle swing, a semicircle nestles on the park and gently surrounds old trees. The light-flooded pagoda walkway invites you to stroll. Hardly anything can be seen from the multi-storey car park near the edge of the forest. The service center on the ground floor on the road to Fichtenwalde is ideal for getting in.

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The new management model of the Potsdam-Mittlemark district in Beelitz-Hellstatten is bright, friendly and modern. The design of the architects “Bolles + Wilson” from Münster (North Rhine-Westphalia) has won the urban planning competition. A total of 22 offices from all over Germany shared their ideas.

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Then the nine-member jury finally decided on Thursday evening (May 19) in favor of the smart semicircle. “In the end, everyone was very excited about this draft,” said Susanne Kron, project manager for the implementation of the so-called Potsdam Mittelmark master plan, which the department is now managing under MoveBM.

The jury meets for twelve hours to decide the competition for a new administrative position

The jury hearing is said to have lasted twelve hours. The choice was not easy for the members. After the winners, they put the offices of “fakt office for architecture” from Berlin, “Spaeth Architekten” from Lübeck, “Rohdecan” from Dresden and Michael Stauss from Berlin in second to fifth place. The total prize money amounted to 50,000 euros. Of this amount 17,000 euros went to “Bolles + Wilson”.

Architects “Bolles + Wilson” of Münster won.

Münster Architects envision a four-storey house that, in addition to its beautiful aesthetics, also meets the latest environmental standards. They explain in their design: “The goal is to build a good looking build that organizes itself as much as possible without technology and is tolerant of mistakes made by users.”

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The winning design takes into account the monument’s protection requirements as well as the existing nature. To some extent, the architects arranged their house around an old tree stock. The property of about three hectares next to the technical center of the fire brigade belongs to the district of Potsdam Mittelmark.

Architects’ designs are a declaration of love for Beelitz Spas

Management consultancy “MOOCON GmbH” from Frankfurt am Main is running the giant resettlement project on behalf of the management. “We were happy to support the Urban Development Competition,” explained Hannah Strass, Moocon employee. “A lot of work has gone into these designs.” In a way, they are all “a declaration of love for the sanatoriums of Beelitz.”

Hannah Strass of project management firm Moocon (center) in conversation with her colleague Katharina Schwalbe and Stefan Linicki of the Potsdam-Mittelmark county administration.

Hannah Strass of project management firm Moocon (center) in conversation with her colleague Katharina Schwalbe and Stefan Linicki of the Potsdam-Mittelmark county administration.

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Hannah Strass described the winning design as very user-oriented. “It is well thought out from start to finish.” Staff had the opportunity to view drafts in an indoor gallery on Friday morning at Beelitz-Heilstätten.

Move PM refers to the area management move and update

“Move PM means more than just the transfer of management to Beelitz-Heilstätten, it also means digitization, modernization of management and improvement of structures,” explained department director in charge Andrei Köppen.

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According to Köppen, approximately 700 employees are scheduled to relocate from sites in Brandenburg an der Havel, Werder/Havel and Tilto, which are still widely scattered, by 2027 or 2028 at the latest. Also in Bad Belzeg, a number of administrative staff will have to vacate their offices and approach Berlin. The head of the department explained that “the schedule is tight and the schedule is narrow and it is stressful.” But two years after the emergence of Corona was not expected for anyone either.

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Department Director Andre Köppen and other staff of the Potsdam-Mittelmark District Administration inspect the exhibition of entries for the Urban Planning Ideas Competition for a new administrative site in Beelitz-Hellstatten.

Department Director Andre Köppen and other staff of the Potsdam-Mittelmark District Administration inspect the exhibition of entries for the Urban Planning Ideas Competition for a new administrative site in Beelitz-Hellstatten.

Coben, who was a deputy jury member, was satisfied with the design. “Now you can see what it might look like, we don’t have that much imagination in management,” he admitted.

Bad Belzeg is still a city in the district of Potsdam-Mittelmark

At the same time, Andrei Köppen reminded us that despite all the euphoria about the move, we must not forget about the administrative location in Bad Belzig. This is why an ambitious rehabilitation program is being implemented there, he said.

In addition, Potsdam-Mittelmark is building a new depot for road operations in the area and a new rescue station. “This site is being considered with a significant investment,” says the department head.

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The district administration launched a nationwide urban development competition in February this year. “I hope that the competition, which we started with this award, will lead to future-oriented ideas and solutions based on innovative, environmentally valuable and environmentally friendly technology, which will become a role model for the region away and lay the foundation for the future management of the region,” was then District Director Wolfgang Plassig (SPD) on the road.

Space for nearly 700 employees of the Potsdam-Mittelmark district administration

The basic data for the administration of the new district is presented. About 680 office jobs will be created in the building with about 21,900 square meters of total floor space. In addition, the builders must make space for 340 cars and 100 more bicycles.

Project manager for the Potsdam-Mittelmark master plan

Project Manager for Potsdam Mittelmark “Move PM” master plan, Susan Crone (right), and colleague Lauren Emmanuel.

“The multi-storey car park is designed in such a way that it is lightweight and can be changed at any time,” explained Susan Kron. “Against the backdrop of a shift in mobility, we are considering reducing parking spaces.” Beelitz-Heilstätten Train Station is a few meters away, and soon trains will run frequently.

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Move PM is said to have cost around 89 million euros so far

The project costs are enormous. According to Susan Kron, the management has so far assumed a total of about 89 million euros. “We’re still doing the math at the moment.” It is currently very difficult to estimate costs.

In Bad Belzeg, some residents view critically the planned transfer of large parts of the district administration. However, the city has twice failed in court with its appeal.

Former Deputy District Director Christian Stein (CDU/r.), along with Department Chair Bernd Schade, look at a gallery of entries from the Urban Planning Ideas competition for a new administrative site in Beelitz-Heilstätten.

Former Deputy District Director Christian Stein (CDU/r.), along with Department Chair Bernd Schade, look at a gallery of entries from the Urban Planning Ideas competition for a new administrative site in Beelitz-Heilstätten.

However, the placement of the district seat is not a problem for the relocation, and the district office will also remain in Niemöllerstraße 1. District Administrator Marko Köhler (SPD) has repeatedly emphasized during the election campaign that Bad Belzig will remain the district seat.

Britta Fraas of the Staff Council praises the design of the new site in Beelitz-Heilstätten

Britta Fraas of the District Management Staff Council described the winning design for the new site at Beelitz-Heilstätten as an important building block in the ‘Move PM’ transportation project. “This building will change our business and the way we work together.”

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It remains unclear whether the winning design for the competition will also be built in this way. After that, the district administration launches the so-called competition of unopened perception. Up to 15 applicants will be accepted. The winning office and the four places are already categorized as participants. Susan Crone explained that a master plan should then be commissioned to implement.

The Department of the Potsdam-Mittlemark District will open an exhibition of all 22 designs submitted for the competition on Wednesday, 25 May. It can be seen at the Papendorfer Weg 1 in Bad Belzig on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until June 8, 2022.

Written by Hermann M. Schroeder

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