Removal and excavation works
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. This included excavation and foundation work for the high-rise and underground staff car park, as well as demolition work on the Grossmarkthalle.
Handover of the site
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.