Kassel. Today (15 May 2014), the foundation stone for the company headquarters of WINGAS – one of Germany’s largest natural gas suppliers – was laid in the presence of Kassel’s mayor Bertram Hilgen, company representatives of the project developer and builder OFB, and the future tenant WINGAS, as well as numerous guests from politics and industry.
Dr. Gerhard König, chairman of WINGAS GmbH, said he was very pleased with the new building: “The laying of the foundation stone brings us another step closer to the new WINGAS company headquarters becoming reality. We are delighted that we have found such an attractive location. Yet, the decision to settle here is not just a sign of our commitment to the city of Kassel; it is also a sign that we are committed to our staff, with whom we wish to continue on WINGAS’s successful path in future too.”
The city’s mayor Bertram Hilgen congratulated WINGAS on its decision to set up base in Kassel’s city center: “The city of Kassel is delighted that a company with Europe-wide operations such as WINGAS is building the new company headquarters here, and thus making a clear statement in favor of Kassel and the economic region of North Hessen. For us this is confirmation of this city’s appeal; and both WINGAS and Kassel will profit from the company’s decision to be based here.”
The WINGAS headquarters is being built by the Kassel branch of OFB Projektentwicklung GmbH. “OFB has been active in North Hessen for years and has become a reliable partner for sustainable growth. Hence, as a company with strong roots in the region, we are particularly pleased to build a modern office building for WINGAS here,” Dr. Alois Rhiel, CEO of OFB Projektentwicklung GmbH, explained.
Some 150 guests attended the traditional foundation-stone-laying ceremony for the new building. As well as the certificate for the ceremony, the buried time capsule contains building plans, current newspapers, a set of euro coins and the WINGAS company brochure.
The modern building known as Königstor 20 will have over 12,000 m² of gross floor space and four to five floors. The office complex, which has light facades and is bathed in light, was designed by the architects’ office ANP from Kassel. Another special feature of the building is the staggered floor design round the inner courtyard, which gives the offices additional light. The new office building will also have its own canteen. The company WINGAS, a joint venture of BASF subsidiary Wintershall and Russia’s Gazprom, has rented the property for a period of 20 years and will move into the new building in 2015.