Image: Kaufpark Eiche | Nils Krüger
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Kaufpark Eiche reopens after extensive refurbishment

An accessible centre where the whole family can shop and spend time – this is the new Kaufpark Eiche. Around one and a half years after extensive construction work began, the shopping centre in Ahrensfelde near Berlin was ceremonially reopened on September 28, 2017.

Working in cooperation with HLG Gesellschaft zur Entwicklung von Handelscentren from Muenster, the New York-based investment company Madison International Realty and its German joint venture partner, the Hamburg-based redos Group, have significantly extended the existing shopping facilities as well as substantially enhancing Kaufpark Eiche for families and senior citizens with a new space concept.

“Kaufpark Eiche has been an important centre of economic activity and employment for our municipality for a number of years now. Therefore, we are delighted that the owners have decided to renovate and modernise the shopping centre in order to make it even more attractive for customers, guests and, not least, employees,” says Wilfried Gehrke, Mayor of Ahrensfelde, adding that the investment would “create jobs in our community, including for local residents”. He noted that the expanded infrastructure and local supply facilities would also benefit the municipality as a whole.

Improved amenity quality and service for customers

Construction work in Ahrensfelde began in February 2016. A total of more than €50 million was invested in the extensive modernisation project. This included the targeted enhancement of the centre in terms of its sector and tenant mix. A number of high-profile new tenants have already arrived, including H&M, dm-drogerie markt, Hunkemöller, Parfümerie Douglas, mister*lady and Olymp&Hades.

The sporting goods retailer DECATHLON will follow in spring 2018. The integration of a central food court has also doubled the catering facilities at the centre. All in all, Kaufpark Eiche now offers space for 130 stores and restaurants. While shopping, customers can make use of around 3,500 free parking spaces.

Image: Kaufpark Eiche | Nils Krüger

Also: The site now boasts three times as much green space and event space as before, as well as two new children’s playgrounds. One unique highlight is the new two-storey stainless steel indoor slide with a length of around fourteen meters, which can be found in the market hall near the lifts. The shopping centre now has a new, friendlier logo, as well as a revised colour concept: Light greys and greens, natural materials and lots of glass ensure a pleasant and inviting environment where visitors want to spend time.

Sustainability has been a key aspect of the renovation. For example, energy-efficient LED lighting have been installed throughout the centre, building materials were sourced locally wherever possible, and the sanitary facilities now have water-saving fittings. These measures are one of the reasons why Kaufpark Eiche has a BREEAM DE Bestand rating of “very good”.

Looking to the future

The aim of the comprehensive renovation was to ensure that the shopping centre provides visitors with even greater amenity quality and service in future. “Kaufpark Eiche has been an important local supply facility for people in the region for many years.

The extensive revitalisation has made the centre fit for the future, actively reflecting the changing needs and requirements of consumers and tenants alike. This will help Kaufpark Eiche to remain a major attraction for shoppers in the Berlin area in the long term,” explains Carola Obermöller, Managing Director and Head of Investment Management at redos. Under the joint venture with Madison, redos is responsible for all investment and asset management activities.

“With Kaufpark Eiche, we invested, in line with our strategy, in a leading local shopping centre in Germany with a solid cash flow and potential for value enhancement at one of the most popular investment locations in the Berlin area,” comments Matthias Cordier, Madison’s Head of Investment in Germany. “We are delighted that the revitalisation has enthused existing and new tenants for the centre and allowed us to sustainably reposition the property for all parties. We would like to thank all of the visitors, tenants, members of the project team, and our part-ners redos and HLG.”

The renovation of Kaufpark Eiche was realised in close cooperation between politicians, in-vestors, centre management and tenants. “Cooperation between all of the stakeholders worked extremely well at every stage of the project. This helped us to complete the work on schedule,” summarises HLG Managing Director Christian Diesen.

Centre manager Ines Ritter also draws a positive conclusion: “I would like to thank everyone who was involved in making this extensive construction project a reality in such a short space of time and without the shop-ping centre having to close its doors. The new Kaufpark Eiche will become a meeting place for young and old.”

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