Project Description

Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung

General renovation of the Institute’s buildings and halls

The Max-Planck- Institute for Iron Research in Düsseldorf, Germany has been subjected to fundamental renovation works since 1999. The aim is to prepare the facilities to meet the growing scientific requirements. The construction costs amounted to EUR 33 million up to the end of 2012.

At the beginning of 2000, VIB was commissioned by the Max-Planck-Institute for Iron Research to support the renovation works with consultancy and coordination services.

The focus of the services rendered by VIB as the go-between between the Institute and the planning team includes consultation of the Institute in building construction matters, the coordination of the Institute’s specifications, the representation of the Institute at the planning and the building construction discussions, the acceptance of the construction works, and the assertion of building construction defects and claims.

The first construction phase dealt with the renovation of the main building with laboratories and offices. To ensure the on-going operation of the Institute, the relative departments were provided with provisional premises during this period.

The renovated main building was reopened at the beginning of 2002.


The subsequent construction phases dealt with the technical renovation of the testing facilities with adjoining laboratories and workshops.

The general renovation works were concluded by the end of 2011 with the renovation of an adjacent office building, the installation of a new data processing centre (with cluster processor), a library and the extension of the refrigeration plant.

The VIB services rendered:

  • Project support and consultation of the Institute
  • Authorised representation of the Institute towards the planning team, government agencies and authorities
  • Coordination of laboratory-technical user requirements
  • Realisation of interim measures for the planning of the removals
  • Preparation of and participation in stockholder discussions

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