US project manager Hill International announced this week that it has won a contract to oversee the Overseas Quarter in Hamburg, a $1bn mixed-used scheme that will form the centrepiece of the HafenCity redevelopment project.
The Ãœberseequartier SÃ¼d will consist of 14 buildings, including apartment space for 1,000 people, offices, entertainment and leisure amenities and 1,150 hotel rooms. It will also have a cruise terminal, a light rail station and a shopping mall with 200 stores.
All buildings will meet the BREEAM gold-standard for sustainability.
Jeffrey SÃºjar Blanco, the vice president of Hill’s Project Management Group, said: "We are extremely excited to be part of such an iconic project. This is one of the largest developments in Europe and a landmark project in Germany."
The client for the project is Unibail-Rodamco, Europe’s largest commercial property company, which is based in Paris. It has a record of working with signature architects, and this scheme was masterplanned and concept-designed by a number of well known firms, including Rem Koolhaas and Erick van Egeraat.
HafenCity covers a little more than 2 square kilometres, and is presently the largest regeneration project in Europe.
Hill International recently sold its claims management business to Bridgepoint Development, a UK private equity investor, for $147m in cash, and is now a pure project manager. In an interview with GCR last month, chief executive David Richter named Germany as one of the countries that Hill was aiming to find new work.
Image: A rendering of Hamburg’s new quarter (Hill International)