Base slab will be constructed earlier than planned

Around 60 employees from the various construction companies are all pulling together, day in and day out, to complete the Elbtower’s excavation pit.

Preparations for the shell construction have already begun. It’s like a gigantic machine, with lots of interlocking cogs. “We want to hand over the excavation pit in the first construction phase under the Elbtower three weeks earlier than planned for the structural work,” says Gerhard Rhein, Senior Project Manager at developer SIGNA. This would allow important work on the base slab in the deep area of the excavation pit to be completed before the critical storm tide season in spring.

»We want to hand over the excavation pit in the first construction phase under the Elbtower three weeks earlier than planned for the structural work.«

Gerhard RheinSenior Project Manager

A four-metre-thick concrete slab

The construction companies have also successfully completed the leakage tests on the excavation pit. “We are currently excavating the construction pit, which is up to ten metres deep,” says Rhein. For this, enormous amounts of soil must be loaded onto trucks and taken to the various dumps. Then the reinforcing steel for the base slab will be installed. The concrete base slab will be put in place this year in the first construction phase. The slab, which will carry the 245-metre-high Elbtower, is four metres thick. 11,000m3 of concrete and 3,500t of reinforcing steel are needed for the task. The base slab in the remaining base level area is half as thick and will be built in several subsequent construction phases. 

In a few days, the construction site will clearly show what is being built there, when the first building construction crane will be mounted. Structural work will begin immediately after the handover of the plot.

The Elbtower Webcam

If you want to follow what is happening on the construction site day by day, you can find the latest pictures on the construction site’s webcam.