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Modernisation of the Erich-Kästner comprehensive school in Essen

The general planner Thesauros Asset Management AG relies on the PLANFRED project space for the remodelling and refurbishment of the Erich-Kästner-Gesamtschule Essen.

Neues grünes Klassenzimmer der Erich-Kästner-Gesamtschule in Essen von Thesauros mit PLANFRED

Creating space for modern learning concepts: The new "Erich Kästner Comprehensive School" offers space for around 650 pupils and 60 teachers. 

On behalf of the city of Essen, Thesauros Asset Management is the general planner responsible for the refurbishment and modernisation of the school building from the late 1960s. 

The implementation of a cluster concept creates the right environment for modern forms of teaching. A creative interior design concept ensures clear lines and a recognisable effect within the building. The assembly hall, which acts as a central link between the different parts of the building, will be remodelled and equipped with state-of-the-art stage technology. The science classrooms and experimental workshops will also be given a new, contemporary design and equipment. A cafeteria with seating for 100 students completes the extensive range of facilities at the new school.

Erich-Kästner-Gesamtschule Essen Außenansicht

A "green classroom" is to be created in the outdoor area: A large-scale desealing of the existing area and a modern landscaping redesign of the schoolyard will take place. There are also plans to renovate the sports field.

The use of renewable energies, such as heat pumps for hot water generation and photovoltaic systems on the school roof, will create the conditions for a "KfW55" subsidy for the project.

"We have known and used Planfred since 2019. Planfred has already been a useful addition to our everyday planning work in many previous projects as a reliable platform for the smooth exchange of documents and records with a large number of project participants. In the case of the "Erich-Kästner-Gesamtschule" project, we are also very satisfied with the intuitive user handling and the support provided by the company," says Patrick Wichert, Head of Architectural Solutions at Thesauros Asset Management AG.

Project data

  • Client: City of Essen, Property Management Department

  • Plot: approx. 22,745 m²

  • GFA: approx. 12,216 m²

  • Realisation: 2022 - summer 2026

  • Scope of contract: General planning (LPH 1-9 commissioned)

  • Location: Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia

  • Status: In progress

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