“Completion of the excavation works marks an important milestone both for this striking building construction project and for this up-and-coming area in the north of Zurich. Franklinturm is a beacon project with optimal links that will offer future tenants the brightest prospects for their business”, said Karl-Heinz Strauss, CEO of PORR.
Following a construction period of around 11 months, PORR completed the technically demanding excavation work on schedule. As the pit was in direct proximity to the working SBB railway tracks, the work called for exceptional precision. What’s more, space was extremely tight in the pit itself. This necessitated the regular use of heavy-duty cranes located outside the pit to place and move the construction machinery. PORR’s engineering skills and the outstanding cooperation of the companies involved in the project meant that the excavation pit could be completed on time and on budget.
New eye-catcher in Zurich Nord
The project by architects Armon Semadeni emerged triumphant following a multi-stage bidding process. The 21-storey Franklinturm will be located south of the railway station on the site on Hofwiesenstraße. Together with the neighbouring high-rise buildings that form the Swissôtel, Neumarkt and Andreasturm, the 80m building will fit seamlessly into the skyline of the modern service centre, offering far-reaching views over Zurich’s economic metropolis.
The construction also ticks the right boxes in terms of profitability. Features here include a carefully considered use of space and trailblazing energy efficiency standards that justify the label “DGNB Platin” by the Swiss Sustainable Building Council.
Facts and figures at a glance
Type of project:
Building construction, office and commercial construction
Scope of services:
Building an 80m tower with 21 storeys above ground as offices and commercial space
PORR SUISSE AG
around 3 years
around EUR 75m (approx. CHF 80m)
Visualisations of the Franklinturm are available for download on the SBB website.