Demolition/removal works

Dismantling – brick by brick

Demolition of the western annexe building

Demolition of the western annexe building

© Robert Metsch

Between the spring and autumn of 2008, preliminary construction work was carried out on the site of the former Grossmarkthalle and the new premises of the European Central Bank (ECB) to prepare the ground for the main construction works. The disused railway platform and the two four-storey annexe buildings were demolished. Parts of the annexe buildings were carefully pulled down by hand so that the bricks can be used to renovate the facade of the former Grossmarkthalle. The reason for this is that the colour of new bricks would not match that of the old ones owing to different manufacturing techniques and materials.

Preliminary site work

Hand removal of the brickwork and demolition of the western annexe building

Hand removal of the brickwork and demolition of the western annexe building

© Robert Metsch

Before it could hand over the site to the ECB, the City of Frankfurt am Main was responsible for clearing the site and preparing it for the handover. These works were carried out between the spring and autumn of 2004 and involved the demolition of buildings that were not worth preserving: to the south of the Grossmarkthalle these were the "blaue Halle", the "Importhalle", which served primarily as a depot for incoming tropical fruits, and the “Ami-Halle” (hall used by US-Americans); to the north of the Grossmarkthalle, between the market hall and the Sonnemannstrasse, the smaller “Hallenhütten” were also torn down.

Recycling

The rubble resulting from these demolition works, for example wood, bricks, glass and roofing materials, was carefully sorted, preserved and then either recycled or disposed of.