The Holiday Inn Express hotel is to have 198 rooms. In addition, 126 apartments are planned in the building.
Potsdam - A Holiday Inn Express hotel is to open in Potsdam next year and close the gap between the main post office and Französische Strasse. As the owner and investor, UBM Development Deutschland GmbH confirmed in response to a PNN inquiry, the building is being constructed with five upper floors and about 14,500 square meters of gross floor area, into which the hotel with 198 rooms and a large lobby is to move. The hotel will be operated by Primestar Hospitality GmbH, it said.
Furthermore, 126 apartments are planned in the building on around 6000 square meters. Areas of around 1300 square meters are planned for further commercial use. According to the investor, an underground garage is also part of the complex; 69 "mainly underground parking spaces" for cars are planned.
The construction project is scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2021, project manager Nicci Klemme of UBM Development announced to the PNN, adding that a building permit for the site has been issued. Klemme did not provide any information on the investment volume. The preparations for construction, including a search for old munitions and archaeological investigations of the building ground, have been completed in the meantime, the project manager added.
Building gap disappears
The managing director of UBM Development Deutschland GmbH, Christian Berger, explained that they wanted to show consideration for Potsdam's architecture: "With our construction expertise, the architecturally classic form language and through the use of materials typical for Potsdam" they wanted to ensure that the building would fit into the historic cityscape, said Berger.
With the construction disappears one of the most famous gaps in the Potsdamer Innenstadt. On the site at the corner of Am Kanal and Französische Straße, the telecommunications office was built in the post-war period, but has not been used since 1994. But it was not until 2004 that the functional building was demolished. Two years later, U.S. investor Nicolas Berggruen bought the site from Deutsche Post before UBM Development Deutschland GmbH became the new owner and developer of the area.