27 MAR 2018
Martin Eberhardt, FRICS and Chair of the German RICS Board, was the project manager of the Potsdamer Platz development.
The project saw the redevelopment of one of Berlin’s most iconic areas that had been devastated by the Second World War and then left desolate during the Cold War era.
In 1992 the automotive company DaimlerChrysler AG chose the location as its new headquarters and held an international competition for the redevelopment of the 6.8-hectare area that straddled both old East and West Berlin.
The project was broken into two phases, the first focused on the construction of eight commercial buildings and the second half on further commercial and residential properties. The now complete complex includes a total of 17 buildings, 10 streets and two squares.
The project is one of Germany’s most ambitious urban projects of the 1990s, both in size and design. Since its concept, sustainability has been at the heart of the project. The heating and cooling of the buildings has allowed the complex to reduce carbon emissions by 70% compared to traditional buildings and water is collected from filtered rainwater drained from the green rooftops.
Martin joined the Potsdamer Platz project from 1995 to 1998, helping co-ordinate the entire property lifecycle from the development to the acquisition and sale of the projects. Martin’s international RICS qualification not only allowed him to add an international element to the commercial developments, but also gave him access and credibility with foreign investors and suppliers.
The project has rebuilt the history of Potsdamer Platz and reunited an area of Berlin that had been divided by the wall for years; it has become a symbol of German reunification and reconstruction.