In 2014, BLB NRW began work on the first area of construction. The first construction phase covers building components A, B, K, S and R. First, the construction site area was technically and acoustically separated from the existing building. In the course of a due diligence (risk assessment) in 2016, the BLB NRW together with the University of Bielefeld restarted the planning of the 1st construction phase and commissioned a general contractor (Züblin) in 2019. This contractor began the next phase - the modernisation of the UHG - in April 2020.
Since the former main entrance had to be omitted, an interim entrance C01 was initially created and redesigned in the C01 building section. In summer 2020, the gutting and removal of the pollutants built into the building (including the Audimax) was completed. Also in summer 2020, the former refectory was demolished. Since late autumn 2020, work has been underway to modernise the façade in the first construction phase and to erect a new building on the site of the former women's car park. BLB NRW plans to complete the first construction phase by the end of 2023.
The new main entrance is to be located between teeth B and C, like the old main entrance. The new main entrance is to be enlarged compared to the old one and be more noticeable. The new building planned on the site of the former women's car park should also architecturally lead towards the main entrance. The exterior and interior of the main university building are to be more strongly linked through more views into the university hall and opened up to the city through a forecourt. The interim entrance C 01 will be dismantled after completion of the construction work.
On the site of the previous refectory (which has been moved to Building X on Universitätsstraße) and the previous women's car park, a new building is being constructed in front of the refectory that connects the forecourt, entrance and hall. The concept envisages bundling all "service areas" with personal student contact in the new building at a prominent location in the entrance area.
Since the structure of the UHG will essentially not change as a result of the modernisation, the general concept of the university hall will also be retained.