We celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony for the BBGZ family center in Erlangen on 27 July. Lord Mayor, Florian Janik, Deputy Mayor for Sports, Jörg Volleth, and Planning Consultant, Josef Weber laid a symbolic cornerstone to celebrate the start of construction.
"In a district that is currently undergoing major changes, we are creating another strong element of social infrastructure with the BBGZ," says Lord Mayor Florian Janik. "Through the cooperation of associations, city and citizens, a completely new centre of togetherness can be created here", adds building and planning consultant Josef Weber.
The new civic meeting place and health center is being built on a former military site at the southwestern edge of Erlangen’s Röthelheim Park. In addition to a climbing tower and bouldering hall for the German Alpine Club, the complex includes a multifunctional sports hall that can be used by schools as well as sports clubs and can host events with up to a thousand spectators. There is also a municipal family center consisting of a kindergarten, a daycare facility, study rooms for elementary-school children and adolescents, and a family educational center. A fairground is being constructed in the northeastern part of the site that will be able to host a variety of attractions such as a circus, evening flea markets, and concerts.
The aim of the master plan is to bring together the three main sections—the quadruple sports hall, the climbing and bouldering center, and the family center—to form a whole that makes all the functions of the complex open and easily accessible to all. The three separate buildings will be connected by a single, shared roof, creating an inviting courtyard between the spacious outdoor climbing area with its 15 m tower and the open-air spaces of the family center.