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ZÜBLIN and STRABAG have successfully acquired a new project in Germany. Working under a consortium arrangement, the two companies will build the extended shell of the southern section of the FAIR particle accelerator facility in Darmstadt, Germany. When it is completed, the Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research will be the world’s only particle accelerator facility for cutting-edge research into the evolution of the universe and the structure of matter. FAIR will be able to produce matter in the laboratory that otherwise only occurs in the depths of space.
“The heart of the facility is the underground circular accelerator currently under construction with a circumference of 1.1 km. The accelerator passes through an underground tunnel lying up to 17 m below the surface. The facility’s southern section mainly includes the downstream storage rings and experiment stations. We are delighted to be able to apply the enormous variety of our group’s competence – from building construction to ground engineering – to this outstanding research project,” says Thomas Birtel, CEO of STRABAG SE.
FAIR is being built at the GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research in Darmstadt. The partners behind the customer FAIR GmbH come from Germany, Finland, France, India, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovenia and Sweden. The contract for the extended shell of the southern section of the facility has a value of € 220 million for ZÜBLIN and STRABAG. Construction is scheduled to start in June 2020 with completion in summer 2023.
Technical infrastructure, tunnel sections and 24 buildings on a 150,000 m² site
Around 3,000 researchers from all over the world will work at FAIRafter facility commissioning. The circular accelerator is complemented by a complex system of storage rings and experiment stations. When completed, the 150,000 m² site will house a total of 24 buildings as well as tunnel sections and complex technical infrastructure. Twelve of the 24 structure will be built by the ZÜBLIN and STRABAG consortium, including various underground facilities for beam guidance, buildings for experiments and warehouses with heavy crane runways, etc. for managing and equipping the mechanical systems. The scope of services also includes various storage and supply buildings.
ZÜBLIN working on FAIR since July 2017
Through its subsidiary Züblin Spezialtiefbau GmbH, ZÜBLIN has been involved in the mega-construction project since July 2017. As the technical lead of a consortium, the company has been providing the complete design-and-build excavation services in the northern section of the facility, including retaining works, dewatering and pile foundation. The consortium also includes Max Bögl Stiftung & Co. KG, Stump Spezialtiefbau GmbH and STRABAG AG, Cologne. ZÜBLIN also organizes the overall construction logistics for the overall FAIR project: The order includes, among other things, the regulation of access control, delivery and space management and the installation of temporary infrastructures.
Stuttgart-based Ed. Züblin AG, with about 14,000 employees and an annual output of around € 4 billion, is one of Germany’s largest construction companies. Since its foundation in 1898, ZÜBLIN has been successfully realising challenging construction projects in Germany and abroad and today is the STRABAG Group’s leading brand for building construction and civil engineering. The company’s range of services covers all construction-related tasks – from complex turnkey construction, civil engineering and tunnelling to construction logistics, structural maintenance, ground engineering and timber or steel construction. In recent years, ZÜBLIN has been promoting the topics of digitalisation, LEAN.Construction and sustainability and – supported by the many years of experience of its Zentrale Technik competence centre – is also increasingly offering integrated design and construction from a single source as a general planner. When it comes to partnering, ZÜBLIN has set new standards with its TEAMCONCEPT® partnering model, which has proven its worth on the market for more than 25 years. Current construction projects of the company, a subsidiary of globally operating STRABAG SE, include the EDGE East Side Berlin high-rise project, the Rinsdorf and Rälsbach viaducts on the A45 motorway and the approx. 2 km long airport tunnel in Stuttgart. More information is available at www.zueblin.de.