B&L celebrates topping-out ceremony for new InterCityHotel in Leipzig

2012-12-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Hamburg-based B&L Group celebrated the topping-out ceremony for its most recent hotel project on 5 December 2012 by placing the traditional garland on the completed shell of the InterCityHotel Leipzig, which is scheduled to open in May 2013.

Following previous builds in Hamburg and Dresden, this represents the third establishment which B&L has realised for InterCityHotel GmbH, a 100% subsidiary of Steigenberger Hotels AG of Frankfurt. The group has already committed to constructing its fourth InterCityHotel, an agreement to this effect having been concluded at the Hamburg Trade Fair.

The new hotel is located on Tröndlinring within the immediate vicinity of Leipzig Central Station opposite the new “Höfe am Brühl” Shopping Centre. It will boast 166 rooms, a conference area and a restaurant. Leipzig city centre is only a few minutes’ walk away.

The hotel site, which extends over an area of approximately 2,000 m² and was acquired in April 2011, had remained undeveloped following the removal of the ruins of the former Leipzig Stock Exchange in 1948. The digging of the building’s trench was delayed by some 6 weeks following the discovery of a 13th century clay jug amongst the former foundations of the Stock Exchange.

The hotel was designed by felsensteinprojekt ARCHITEKTEN of Hamburg and nps tchoban voss ARCHITEKTEN of Dresden. Four full storeys and two smaller top storeys are being constructed. The height of the building will correspond with the neighbouring “Old District Government Office”. The design of the textured and light coloured facade will feature a plinth in natural stone. W. Markgraf from Bayreuth will once again be bringing all his know-how to the table by acting as General Contractor for the B&L Group. Investment volume is approximately €15 million.

B&L Managing Director Thorsten Testorp expressed his delight at the project. “Following the successful completion of our InterCityHotels in Hamburg and Dresden, we are very much looking forward to this new partnership in Leipzig. We find the location of the site highly impressive and attractive, and this will enrich the experience of visitors to Leipzig. Alongside retail and office properties, hotel projects form part of our company’s core area of expertise. We will continue to be active in this segment of the market in future.”

InterCityHotel GmbH Managing Director Joachim Marusczyk also stated his views. “Leipzig is the perfect location for an InterCityHotel. Demand from guests has undergone an extremely positive development and continues to grow from year to year. We are very happy to be further pursuing our successful cooperation with the B&L Group in Leipzig.”

The B&L Group is based in Hamburg and has been implementing high-quality project developments across Germany since 1970. Examples of the work it has completed are the Quarree and Mercado Shopping Centres in Hamburg, Lago in Konstanz, numerous office buildings in major German cities and the “Holzhafen” site in Hamburg. Hotel projects have already been realised in Hamburg, Berlin and Dresden. For further information, please visit www.bl-gruppe.de

InterCityHotel GmbH is a 100% subsidiary of Steigenberger Hotels AG and currently operates 33 hotels in Germany and Austria located in the direct vicinity of major transport hubs such as Inter City railway stations and airports. It is the only hotel in Europe to offer use of public transport free of charge via its “FreeCityTickets” scheme, which is included in the room price. For further information, please visit www.intercityhotel.com.

Contact details

B&L Group
Michael Epping
Public Relations
Telephone +49 40 37660-261
Mobile +49 171 4166465
E-Mail m.epping@bl-gruppe.de

InterCityHotel GmbH/Steigenberger Hotel Group
Angelika Heyer
Corporate Communications
Telephone +49 69 66564-464
Mobile +49 171 5344971
E-Mail: angelika.heyer@steigenbergerhotelgroup.com

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B&L celebrates topping-out ceremony for new InterCityHotel in Leipzig

B&L celebrates topping-out ceremony for new InterCityHotel in Leipzig