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First Area of Construction

Map of the UHG showing the first area of construction

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.

Design

Visualisation of the building after the construction measures
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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.

Main Entrance

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.

Extension

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.

University Hall

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.

  • Topping-out ceremony in bright sunshine.
    Photo: Bielefeld University/M.-D. Müller
    March 2022: Topping-out ceremony in bright sunshine.
  • The craftsman Martin Rudolph gave the topping-out speech together with his colleague Mr Krause.
    Photo: Bielefeld University/M.-D. Müller
    March 2022: The craftsman Martin Rudolph gave the topping-out speech together with his colleague Mr Krause.
  • Wolfgang Feldmann (Technical Director of BLB NRW Bielefeld Branch), Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen, (Minister for Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia), Dr Stephan Becker (Chancellor of Bielefeld University) and Gabriele Willems (Managing Director of BLB NRW)
    Photo: Bielefeld University/M.-D. Müller
    March 2022: Wolfgang Feldmann (Technical Director of BLB NRW Bielefeld Branch), Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen, (Minister for Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia), Dr Stephan Becker (Chancellor of Bielefeld University) and Gabriele Willems (Managing Director of BLB NRW) (from left) are pleased with the progress of construction.
  • Rector Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Sagerer, BLB NRW Managing Director Gabriele Willems and BLB NRW Branch Manager Wolfgang Feldmann
    Bielefeld University/M.-D. Müller
    December 2021: The shell of the new building in the first construction phase is finished (from left): Rector Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Sagerer, BLB NRW Managing Director Gabriele Willems and BLB NRW Branch Manager Wolfgang Feldmann (in the background).
  • University Chancellor Dr. Stephan Becker and BLB NRW Branch Manager Wolfgang Feldmann
    BLB NRW/C. Pilz
    The scaffolding is already removed: University Chancellor Dr. Stephan Becker and BLB NRW Branch Manager Wolfgang Feldmann are pleased with the new façade on the main university building.
  • Aerial view of the UHG
    Bielefeld University/M.-D. Müller
    The new building is seamlessly connected to the existing building and will mainly house offices and seminar rooms in the future.
  • Aerial view of the UHG
    BLB NRW
    Spring 2021: Ongoing facade work in the first construction phase of the main university building.
  • Aerial view of the construction
    BLB NRW
    Spring 2021: Ongoing structural work for the new building on the site of the former women's car park.
  • Aerial view of the construction
    BLB NRW
    A 500-tonne truck-mounted crane with a jib height of around 100m is needed to erect the construction site cranes for the university modernisation.
  • A excavator in action
    Bielefeld University
    August 2020: The rubble from the demolition of the refectory will be reprocessed on site. From the end of the year, the university's new entrance will be built here.
  • Construction site: The long-arm excavator in action. Construction waste is sorted and processed on site.
    Bielefeld University
    July 2020: The long-arm excavator in action.
  • Construction site: The old refectory at the UHG is being demolished
    Bielefeld University
    June 2020: Demolition work on the former refectory has begun
  • People involved in conversation, the construction site in the background
    Bielefeld University
    Site manager Ms Arayan from Züblin in conversation with Chancellor Dr. Stephan Becker and project manager Ralf Kämmle and branch manager Wolfgang Feldmann from Bau- und Liegenschaftsbetrieb NRW.
  • Aerial view of the demolition of the old refectory at the UHG
    Bielefeld University
    In the foreground: the former women's car park and the demolition work that has already begun in the area of the refectory.

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