The Franklinturm at Zurich Oerlikon station

Major contract for PORR SUISSE

Franziska Pfennich

The railway station in Zurich’s Oerlikon district with the Franklinturm. (Image: SBB Immobilien )

PORR SUISSE AG is building an 80m tower at what will be the sixth largest railway station in Switzerland. The former industrial district is to be redeveloped into a desirable service hub. The contract volume is approximately CHF 75 million, about EUR 65 million.

PORR SUISSE was awarded the contract by SBB Immobilien, one of Switzerland's leading real estate developers. Besides the major contract for the “Europaallee” overbuild construction project, with its three construction segments B, D and F, and the Gleisarena and Gleistribüne projects at Zurich Central Station, the company is also building the Franklinturm beside Zurich Oerlikon station. The winning project by architect Armon Semadeni was chosen in a multi-stage selection procedure. In conjunction with the neighbouring high-rise buildings of the Swissôtel, Neumarkt and the Andreasturm, the Franklinturm will afford the district a distinctive skyline.

The 3,500m² plot on Hofwiesenstraße is located right beside Oerlikon Station, opposite Franklinstraße. The 80m Franklinturm, which is to feature 21 upper floors, will be constructed at the eastern entrance to the Mitte pedestrian underpass from approx. spring 2019 to the end of 2021. An area of 14,800m² on the upper floors has been designated for office use, with 200m² set aside on the ground floor for retail and service spaces. The overbuild will provide direct access to platform 1 and a bicycle ramp to the bike stands in the basement. An access route to the Mitte pedestrian underpass will be integrated into the ground floor of the Franklinturm. The platinum DGNB (SGNI) label is also part of the project contract.

Project data

Employer SBB Immobilien
Contractor PORR SUISSE AG
Project type Building construction . Office . Retail
Project scope Construction of an 80m high tower with 21 floors for office and commercial space
Start of construction Spring 2019
End of construction End of 2021
Country Switzerland

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