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New look for the square at Friedberger Warte

Reason for planning
In connection with the newly-established Line 18 tram connection from downtown via Friedberger Landstrasse to Frankfurter Bogen, the traffic routing around Friedberger Warte was changed. The carriageways leading into and out of the city were repositioned to all lie west of Friedberger Warte. This change in road configurations gave rise to a free space of some 8,200 square meters on the east side of the Warte. The idea is to give the square an appealing design so that it can perform the function of a center for the new quarter and the new residential estates there, the “New Atterbury” and “New Betts”. Retailers, hospitality and social outlets already exist round the square.

Development district
The planning area borders directly on the heritage site of Friedberger Warte and includes all the section formerly occupied by the road through to the line of buildings on the other edge of the square.

Planning objectives
The new local square is intended to provide an appealing service close to the new residential housing round the Warte – a place where people can meet and spend time, a center that locks into the existing infrastructure in place in the immediate vicinity of the Warte. Moreover, the new design will also create appropriate surroundings for the historically significant cultural monument.

As a result, the design focused on ensuring the new square did justice to the heritage monument of the Warte and being highly functional, appealing to visitors and users of all age groups. The central square has thus been given natural stone paving (sawn basalt flagstones of different sizes) to highlight the historical significance of the Warte. On the northeast edge of the square two groves of trees with spacious seating arrangements and small play areas provide a pleasant setting for local residents. A fountain as a special eye-catcher enhances the qualities of the square and helps obscure the noise from the roads. Large tree beds and appealing blossoming plants structure the surface of the square and are a visual enhancement. Furthermore, 18 new trees will be planted, which contributes decisively to the pleasant feel of the square. The existing trees will largely be retained. Only six trees, for whose stability no guarantee could be given, will be removed. The design also features disabled access, with the planning including several ramps and a guidance system with ground indicators. The square can also be used for events, for example as a venue for a weekly market or local parties and festivals.

Project progress
The City Council approved the construction and financing proposal at the end of March 2015 (costs of the measure total some € 4 million). The tender was successfully completed and the contract awarded on November 16, 2015 with a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the commencement of construction. The construction period will be some 20 months long, meaning that the new square will become accessible to local residents and users in the summer of 2017.

Project management

Ms. Katharina Lopuszanska

Telephone: +49 (0)69 212 48942
Fax: +49 (0)69 212 47644