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European Central Bank

Conversion of the site of the former wholesale market

Office space



Reason for planning
The decision of the
European Central Bank (ECB) to relocate its new premises to the site of the former wholesale market further stimulated urban development in Frankfurt’s Ostend (east end).

Planning district
The grounds of the former wholesale market are situated south of Sonnemannstraße in Frankfurt’s Ostend district, extending as far as the north bank of the Main. In the west, they border on the Ostend redevelopment zone, and in the east on the railroad embankment that is a continuation of Deutschherrnbrücke bridge.

Planning objective
With the relocation of the European Central Bank to these premises, the listed building that used to house Frankfurt’s wholesale market and is a landmark of “New Frankfurt” architecture is given a new function and use. The expansion of the Mainuferpark as far as the Deutschherrnbrücke (Ruhrorter docks) along with the augmentation of Frankfurt’s greenbelt between Sonnemannstraße and Mainufer will create valuable green spaces and recreational zones not only for the residents of the Ostend but indeed for the entire city.

Project progress
The City Council passed the resolution to establish development plan no. 830 “South of Sonnemannstraße – European Central Bank” on October 4, 2007.
On February 8, 2008, the European Central Bank obtained partial planning permission to undertake preparatory measures – in particular excavating and securing the pit – and on May 6, 2008 secured full planning permission for the erection of the new building. Construction work proper commenced in spring 2010. Commissioning is expected for 2014, with ECB employees envisaged to relocate to the new premises in the same year.


Les gratte-ciel” – the skyscraper
On January 8, 2011, as part of its series “Avenue de l’Europe” French TV channel “France 3” broadcast a documentary on the theme of “Skyscrapers, symbolism and usage” – a comparison between Germany, France and Spain. Part of the documentary focused on the European Central Bank’s relocation within Frankfurt/Main. With the new ECB building a truly spectacular edifice will embellish the city’s skyline and boost Frankfurt’s prominent position as a city of high-rises in comparison with other European cities. Why not take a look at the documentary on the ECB in French? Voilà!