Hill International to project manage Hamburg’s $1bn waterside quarter

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 Überseequartier Süd 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 Sújar 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)

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