On October 5, 2017, the groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility for the Holsten brewery im Heykenaukamp 13 (Hamburg-Hausbruch) was performed by Sebastian Holtz (CEO Carlsberg Germany), Iain Gow (Vice President Western Europe of the Carlsberg Group), and none other than Olaf Scholz, who was then the Lord Mayor of the city of Hamburg. In view of the historic importance and ambition of the project, the presence of these high level guests was not a surprise. A state-of-the-art brewery was to be constructed in the city of Hamburg.
The sheer size of the project is unusual. The new large facility with approx. 55,000 square meters will in future produce roughly a million hectolitres of beer per year. This means that every day up to one hundred trucks will be loaded with beer with just the production area taking up 25,000 square metres of space. The construction of the new Holsten brewery facility also heralds the closing of the traditional location at Hamburg-Altona which has existed for over a hundred years which will also make way for a much needed residential area.
In addition to the size of the project, the schedule can also be described as ambitious. There were only two years from the start of construction until the move, which for a project of this size is not a simple undertaking. Clearly such a plan would require a high level of professionalism and commitment from those involved. While fulfilling these requirements, the Leinemann & Partner law firm was able to convince the prestigious client against the competition.
Our Hamburg team comprising Roman Schlagowsky, Gerrit Frömming and Bastian Haverland has been involved since August 2018 in the crucial phase of the prestigious construction project. Leinemann Partner has provided legal advice in writing in the form of internal opinions and correspondence undertaken with third parties, and also participated in the weekly meeting on the construction site. This participation enabled an interdisciplinary exchange between the construction management, architects and construction supervisors which facilitated the preparation of legal issues through the provision of the required technical expertise. Furthermore, the ad-hoc consultation process had the advantage of creating close links to the client and the project. In this process, given the participation of the global player Carlsberg, it was a matter of course that the legal advice was given by our experts in both German and English.
Due to the expertise of Leinemann Partner in the area of construction law and extensive existing experience our team was successfully able to support the construction process. This is also the opinion of the Carlsberg project management.