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High-tech ’green’ modernisation of Deutsche Bank’s head office: a milestone in Imtech’s ’energy & environment’ strategy


Gouda, the Netherlands - Imtech (technical services provider in Europe) is going to carry out a ’green’ technological modernisation of the two 155-metre high office towers of Deutsche Bank at Frankfurt, Germany. The order is a milestone in Imtech’s ’energy & environment’ strategy.

Deutsche Bank’s iconic twin towers (38 and 40 floors respectively), known to local residents as ’Debit’ and ‘Credit’, are located on Frankfurt’s Taunusanlage. They are a prominent feature of the cityscape and provide a total of approximately 100,000 m² of space for offices and amenities. In December 2006, Deutsche Bank launched a full-scale modernization of its Group head office in Frankfurt, which it first occupied in 1984. The initial reason for this conversion was the practical need to improve fire protection levels, which triggered a fundamental analysis of the whole building. Based on this analysis Deutsche Bank decided to carry out a complete refurbishment of the building to create a new and ecologically responsible office environment, designed by leading Italian architect and designer Mario Bellini. Replacement accommodation has already been found for all of the more than 2,500 employees and a start has been made to transform the building into ‘green towers’.

High-tech ’green’ modernization
The towers will feature a new façade, state-of-the-art interior fittings and an entirely new ’green’ technical infrastructure. Imtech (Imtech Deutschland) and Lindner AG (Germany) teamed up to form a consortium which was awarded the fit-out and building equipment works. Imtech Deutschland is responsible for the implementation of all the technological solutions. Lindner is responsible for the interior fittings, while Gartner GmbH is renewing the façade since October 2008.

The results of the modernization in terms of sustainability will be measurable by a LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design, the leading American certificate for the realisation of green buildings) from the U.S. Green Building Council. In this process, the bank is seeking the highest-possible award: platinum. Compared with the present towers the revitalised building will consume approx. 55% less energy, emit 55% less carbon dioxide (CO2) and use 43% less water, while 98% of all the construction waste will be recycled.

Taking into account the new façade, which is equipped with windows that can be opened for natural ventilation, in the summer of 2008 Imtech performed high-tech software simulations and tests at its R&D centre at Hamburg to minimize the use of energy and water, and influence on atmosphere and the indoor environment.

Imtech will fit out the towers with high-tech low-energy facilities for heating, ventilation and air conditioning, a ’green ICT infrastructure’, an intelligent building management system, economical power facilities, intelligent lighting, water-saving systems, smart electrical solutions and various other sustainable technologies. Delivery will take place in 2010.

Imtech’s successful ’energy & environment’ strategy
Imtech occupies an increasingly prominent position in the fast-growing European ‘energy & environment’ markets and is active with a wide range of activities varying from ‘green’ revitalisation of buildings and numerous energy saving technical solutions to sustainable exploration of energy sources and generation of sustainable energy. These activities also include lower emissions of environmentally-harmful (greenhouse) gases, reduction of emissions of fine particles and the achievement of clean drinking water and treatment of wastewater. These activities accounted in 2007 for approximately 750 million euro, or 22% of Imtech’s total revenue of more than 3.3 billion euro. In 2008 these activities amounted with 28% to 960 million euro. The strategy of Imtech is focused on further strengthening this prominent position. The order of the ’green’ modernisation of Deutsche Bank’s head office is a milestone in this successful strategy.

No further announcements will be made related to the order size.


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