Implementing energy efficiency upgrades for old apartments and building new apartments in a city suffering from a housing shortage, all in a socially acceptable way, sounds like just the right solution to the major challenges of our time. And this is precisely what is now being realised in Grellstraße in the Prenzlauer Berg district of Berlin.
Grellstraße had a rather loveless start in life – it was simply called street 19 in the development plan. A section of the street was subsequently named after August Eduard Grell, a musician born in 1800 who, among other things, was director of Berlin’s Sing-Akademie. These days, Grellstraße is part of the highly popular and vibrant Prenzlauer Berg district. “The Deutsche Wohnen district suits the company’s portfolio in every way,” says David Weinert, Technical Project Management team leader at Deutsche Wohnen Construction and Facilities GmbH. “The modernisation project combines many aspects – energy efficiency upgrading, redensification and 1930s housing architecture.” What’s more, the district is in the heart of Berlin. With its refurbishment work and new builds, Deutsche Wohnen is playing an important part in the urban development and preservation of the Berlin boroughs. Here, too, Deutsche Wohnen is working closely with the borough and has accordingly concluded a cooperation agreement regarding the socially acceptable implementation of the measures. As such, a joint information event was held for the ensemble’s residents together with those involved on the part of the borough back in October 2017, long before the work began.