Concerning this successful project, Potsdam’s mayor Jann Jakobs said, “With this new build, Deutsche Wohnen, as the largest landlord in Berlin and Brandenburg, is taking responsibility for this metropolitan region and is supporting the successful development of the regional capital Potsdam. Deutsche Wohnen has been demonstrating its competence and reliability as a landlord for years. It is now doing this as a building developer as well. I am particularly pleased that almost all of the service providers and tradespeople involved in the project were from this region, which represents a huge investment in local skills. This also shows how important reliable partners, who have their roots in the region, are for successful urban development.”
Michael Zahn, CEO of Deutsche Wohnen, observed, “With this new building, we are consciously continuing the tradition in Deutsche Wohnen that goes back to GEHAG, and are creating a modern residential estate for broad sections of the population. The fact that we have been able to demonstrate our competence as a building developer is due in no small part to the constructive relationship of trust we enjoyed in our work together with the city of Potsdam. I would like to express my sincere thanks for this. This successful resumption of new building activity gives us a following wind for further projects in Berlin.”
In general, the new flats have 3 to 4 rooms with a size of between 70 m2 and 90 m2. There will be lifts in the buildings, and some of the flats are barrier-free. All the flats have a balcony, under-floor heating, parquet flooring and tiled bathrooms. In total, Deutsche Wohnen is creating 9,000 m2 of residential accommodation.
At the moment, this new build project is on the finishing straight. Over the next few weeks, some final work will be done on the brickwork, parquet flooring, tiles and natural stonework. There will also be some work on locks, some assembly work, and some final installation work regarding electricity and telecommunications cables.
Deutsche Wohnen began work on this new build project for 103 rental flats (approximately 9,000 m2 of living space) in April 2014, Since that time, apartment blocks of various sizes have been built in three construction phases. In the first phase, an existing ensemble was added to so that the L-shaped complex of buildings could be closed. The ensemble was an old railway workers’ residential complex from 1928. It consisted of 90 flats, which were all refurbished in the course of the building work. In the second construction phase, additional apartment blocks were built on the other side of the street. The third construction phase consists of 12 terraced houses which are being built on an area behind the site for the second construction phase.
The entire building project has been planned to be sustainable. The rental flats will meet the KfW 70 energy standard and be based on the certification standards for sustainable building. The complex, consisting of existing and new buildings with a total of almost 200 residential units, will be supplied with environment-friendly heating and hot water. To achieve this, the estate has been connected to the district heating grid of the city of Potsdam – which achieves a very good primary energy factor. Last but not least, sustainable building also means that almost 100% of the trades involved in the project are from Berlin and Brandenburg.
Deutsche Wohnen is one of the leading publicly listed residential property companies in Germany and Europe with a business focus on managing and developing its residential property portfolio. As at 30 September 2015 the portfolio comprised 149,100 units, of which 147,000 were residential and 2,100 commercial. Deutsche Wohnen owns flats in four Berlin Modernist housing estates, which were given UNESCO world cultural heritage status in July 2008: White City, the Horseshoe Estate in Britz, the Carl Legien Estate in Prenzlauer Berg and the Ring Estate (Siemensstadt).