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Preparatory Studies

Work phases during urban development and landscape master planning

Kartenausschnitt: Städtebauliche und stadträumliche Verflechtung Ernst-May-Viertel, Albert Speer & Partner, © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main, Kartengrundlage: Stadtvermessungsamt Frankfurt

The “Ernst May district” is an urban infill development project. With undertakings of this nature a number of complex issues have to be assessed with regard to planning decisions.

To date the elaborate master plans for the area studied were compiled in three phases. In the process the entire range of basic conditions that influence the plans, such as the urban development and landscape planning concepts, the impact on traffic as well as the environment in general and in particular in terms of nature, parkland, and species protection, not to mention the climate, were professionally assessed.

 

Phase 1: Urban development feasibility study, Albert Speer und Partner (AS&P) (2010)

With a view to reducing the existing noise pollution (see section on Objectives) the initial idea was only to construct noise protection walls; these would, however, have intensified the quarter’s isolation, something already induced by the line of the interstate. As an alternative to the noise protection walls, options for covering the interstate had to be examined. The feasibility study tabled in 2010 by Albert Speer und Partner revealed highly promising opportunities for the future development of the urban space and the surrounding parkland.


Phase 2: Joint design process, Pesch & Partner Architekten, Glück Landschaftsarchitektur (2012-2014)

Kartenausschnitt: Städtebauliche und stadträumliche Verflechtung Ernst-May-Viertel, Pesch Partner Architekten, Glück Landschaftsarchitektur, © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main, Kartengrundlage: Stadtvermessungsamt Frankfurt

In order to go into the findings from the AS&P study in greater depth, in 2012 three planning consultancies were commissioned to advance the previous urban development and landscape planning concept as part of a joint design process (supported by an interdisciplinary planning advisory council). Of the three designs, that by Pesch & Partner Architekten, which was drawn up as part of a consortium with Glück Landschaftsarchitektur (both from Stuttgart) was selected as the preferred solution. This concept then formed the basis of further master planning that had yet to be specified.

The attached PDF file “Joint Planning Process 2012” (excluding image) reveals the urban development and landscape master plans by Pesch und Partner, Glück Landschaftsarchitekten, at the conclusion of the process.


Phase 3: Detailed elaboration of the “Pesch Plan” by the Frankfurt/Main City Planning Department (2012-5)

Kartenausschnitt: Weiterführendes Städtebauliches und landschaftsplanerisches Konzept, Pesch Partner Architekten, Glück Landschaftsarchitektur, © Stadtplanungsamt Stadt Frankfurt am Main, Kartengrundlage: Stadtvermessungsamt Frankfurt

This work phase saw clarification of two traffic planning aspects that were of particular significance for the development of the project: The State of Hessen discontinued the planning approval procedure for construction of the “Alleentunnel” (an underground link between the A 66 interstate at Miquelallee and the A 66/A 661 interstate intersection). This did away with obstacles relating to the planning of residential quarters, which would otherwise have been sited on the route originally foreseen for the tunnel. In a further in-depth feasibility study conducted by DEGES (Deutsche Einheit Fernstraßenplanungs- und -bau GmbH), several variations for covering the A661 interstate were examined in terms of expediency, economic feasibility, and level of noise protection.

The urban development and landscape master planning concept devised in this way specified the following key parameters for the area studied (in this context see the map attached below as a PDF file):

Realigning the existing borders of the housing estates settlements lends a clearer footprint to the urban development of the entire planning area. The striking borders thus envisaged serve to give the existing quarters greater emphasis. As a result, higher-end construction will be possible on plots where, despite their good location in the city, the urban development potential as not to date been exhausted.

In eight new sections in the quarter, it should be possible to build a total of approximately 4,000 apartments that will cater to different residential requirements.