U5 Info-Flyer 2020 english version

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Hauptbahnhof

Bundestag Bundestag

Brandenburger Tor Tor

Unter Unter den Linden

Linden

Museumsinsel

Berliner Berliner Rathaus Rathaus

Alexanderplatz

Schillingstraße

Strausberger Platz Platz

Weberwiese

Frankfurter Frankfurter Tor Tor

Samariterstraße

Frankfurter Frankfurter Allee Allee

Magdalenenstraße

Lichtenberg

Friedrichsfelde

Tierpark Tierpark

Biesdorf-Süd

Elsterwerdaer Platz Platz

Wuhletal Wuhletal

Kaulsdorf-Nord

Neue Neue Grottkauer Grottkauer Straße Straße

Cottbusser Cottbusser Platz Platz

Hellersdorf Hellersdorf

Louis-Lewin-Straße

Hönow Hönow

Hauptbahnhof

Bundestag

Brandenburger Tor

Unter den Linden

Museumsinsel

Berliner Rathaus

Alexanderplatz

Schillingstraße

Strausberger Platz

Weberwiese

Frankfurter Tor

Samariterstraße

Frankfurter Allee

Magdalenenstraße

Lichtenberg

Friedrichsfelde

Tierpark

Biesdorf-Süd

Elsterwerdaer Platz

Wuhletal

Kaulsdorf-Nord

Neue Grottkauer Straße

Cottbusser Platz

Hellersdorf

Louis-Lewin-Straße

Hönow

THE BVG PROJECT TEAM

THE U5 GAP CLOSURE

The principle contractor of the U5 project is the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe

(BVG). Projektrealisierungs GmbH, a subsidiary 100% owned

by the BVG, was contracted to directly manage construction in 2014

and now since 01.01.2020 does business under the name BVG PROJECT

GMBH. This powerhouse team of about 20 experts, with a sum total of

150 years of underground rail construction experience is the reason we

will see a successful start of operations by the end of 2020. In the future,

the BVG Project Team will be available for other specialized infrastructure

projects, for example, the restoration of the Waisentunnel between

the U5 and the U8 at Alexanderplatz.

WEINMEISTERSTR.

U 8

MUSEUMSINSEL

U

SPITTELMARKT

U 2

ROTES

RATHAUS

U

KLOSTERSTR.

U 2

MÄRKISCHES MUSEUM

U 2

ALEXANDERPLATZ

U 5

JANNOWITZBRÜCKE

U 8

HEINRICH-HEINE-STR.

U 8

SCHILLINGSTR.

U 5

STRAUSSBERGER PLATZ

U 5

© BVG Projekt GmbH

HAUPTBAHNHOF

BUNDESTAG

BRANDENBURGER TOR

UNTER DEN LINDEN

MUSEUMSINSEL

ROTES RATHAUS

ALEXANDERPLATZ

SCHILLINGSTRASSE

STRAUSSBERGER PLATZ

WEBERWIESE

FRANKFURTER TOR

SAMARITERSTRASSE

FRANKFURTER ALLEE

MAGDALENENSTRASSE

LICHTENBERG

FRIEDRICHSFELDE

TIERPARK

BIESDORF-SÜD

ELSTERWERDAER PLATZ

WUHLETAL

KAULSDORF-NORD

KIENBERG (GÄRTEN DER WELT)

COTTBUSSER PLATZ

HELLERSDORF

LOUIS-LEWIN-STRASSE

HÖNOW

The U5 Gap Closure Project closes the gap between the U5 and the

U55, creating one continuous underground line from Hönow to Berlin

Central Station: the new U5. The project encompasses the construction

of 2.2 kilometers of tunneling between Alexanderplatz and the

Brandenburger Tor and three new underground stations: Rotes Rathaus,

Museumsinsel and Unter den Linden, the junction station for the

U5 and U6. The residential areas in the east of Berlin will now have a direct

connection to the historic city center, the government quarter and

the central train station. And likewise, those areas once only served by

the U55 will finally be connected to the entire underground network.

HAUPTBAHNHOF

U55

BUNDESTAG

U55

BRANDENBURGER TOR

U55

ORANIENBURGER TOR

U 6

FRIEDRICHSTR.

U 6

UNTER DEN LINDEN

U

FRANZÖSISCHE STR.

HAUS-

U 6

VOGTEIPLATZ

U 2

STADTMITTE

MOHRENSTR. U 6

U 2

THE GAP CLOSURE AT A GLANCE

Length of the new

tunnel stretch:

Stations:

Schedule:

Budget:

2.2 kilometers

Rotes Rathaus, Museumsinsel, Unter den Linden

2010 symbolic laying of the cornerstone;

2012 start of construction; 2020 start of rail

operations & opening of the stations Unter

den Linden and Rotes Rathaus

525 million (calculated in 2013)

ABOUT

BVG Projekt GmbH

Kommunikation

Friedrichstraße 95

10117 Berlin

For comments:

info@projekt-u5.de

For more information:

www.projekt-u5.de/en

Text: BVG Projekt GmbH

Front: Römer Wildberger

Layout/Design:

Bärlin Team Eventdesign GmbH

Pictures and illustrations:

Antonio Reetz-Graudenz,

bünck + fehse, Max Dudler,

BVG Projekt GmbH

Countless landmarks and cultural highlights of the city such as the

Staatsoper, the Humbolt Forum, the Berlin City Palace, as well as Museumsinsel

will be easy to reach for both residents and visitors alike.

The connection to the U6 creates a much needed link to the north/

south axis of Berlin: an estimated 150,000 passengers a day will avail

of this new convenience, reducing the number of car journeys by

about 3,500 (which also reduces CO2 emissions!).

January 2020


© Reetz-Graudenz © Reetz-Graudenz © Reetz-Graudenz © Reetz-Graudenz

Tübbing tunnel with tracks, November 2019 Work train, January 2020

Track area during structural works, November 2019

View of all three levels of the junction station, November 2019

THE NEW TUNNEL

ROTES RATHAUS STATION

MUSEUMSINSEL STATION

UNTER DEN LINDEN STATION

About 1.6 kilometers of the 2.2 kilometers stretch between Alexanderplatz

and Brandenburg Gate were shield driven with the tunnel boring

machine (TBM), „Bärlinde“, leaving two complete tunnel tubes.

A mighty mill-in-motion, „Bärlinde“ not only dug the tunnel, but also

fabricated the concrete siding in panels (so-called Tübbing rings) that

were immediately built into place. The starting shaft of the TBM was at

Marx-Engels Forum, directly on the Spree, providing a water port for

the delivery of the TBM in parts, as well as for the shipping away of all

excavated materials – about 250,000 tonnes of earth and construction

debris. This water connection meant avoiding the roughly 9,000 lorry

journeys that would have been required. From 2013 through 2015,

„Bärlinde“ was twice successful in working its way under the Spree,

the Spree Canal, as well as the boulevard Unter den Linden, after

which it was dismantled and sent away in parts. In the tunnels, the

electrical lines were installed and the rails laid on a suspension system

to dampen the sound.

The Rotes Rathaus Underground Station lies directly at the seat of the

Berlin city government and was designed by the Berlin firm, Collignon

Architecture. Seven central supporting columns hold up the lion‘s

share of the floor load above. With their oval „mushroom“-shaped tops

these columns have become known as „mushroomheads“, the symbolic

icons of the new station. They were inspired by archaeological

findings in the locale – the old Berlin city hall had been unearthed

and the supports of its vaulted ceiling now lend their same look to our

modern station. Side platforms and these slim columns bring an open

air to the generously proportioned station; and over 3,000 black and

white Terrazzo tiles – almost half of which were made individually to

fit – adorn its walls.

The Rotes Rathaus Underground Station consists of two levels: the upper

being the station proper with platforms for the new U5 and the

lower a storage track for up to 4 trains. The station was built under a

concrete cover to significantly reduce noise and dust pollution.

The Museumsinsel Underground Station stretches along the south

side of the Schlossbrücke under the Spree Canal to the Palace of the

Crown Prince. Professor Max Dudler is the architect responsible for

this station, which pays homage to Prussian architect Karl Friedrich

Schinkel (1781 - 1841), who designed many of the buildings in the vicinity.

Schinkel‘s stage set for a performance of Mozart‘s Magic Flute in

1816 inspired the design of the station‘s two platform areas. The ultramarine

blue of the vaulted ceilings and myriad of lights evoke a starry

sky. Bright natural stone also lends a classical look to this station reminiscent

of neighboring buildings above. Normal open pit construction

of the station was impossible here due to the delicate nature of the

surrounding area. Therefore, ground-freezing techniques had to be

employed to support excavations from east to west, between the two

heads of the station. And now all strength is being concentrated on the

finishing works, especially the platform levels, so that trains can drive

through at the end of 2020. The station itself will be complete in 2021.

The Unter den Linden Underground Station is the junction station

between the U5 and U6 lines. Stretching under the intersection of

the streets Unter den Linden and Friedrichstraße above, the new

station ends at Charlottenstraße and consists of three levels: the U6

at the top, the U5 at the bottom, and a middle level for transferring.

The architects Ingrid Hetschel and Professor Axel Oestreich are

responsible for this one; they had already designed the station at

the Brandenburg Gate and see the new Unter den Linden Station in

this context. Terrazzo and Kirchheimer Muschelkalk are being used

as material. Large open, airy space will characterize this station,

which offers views through all three levels from the U5 platform to

the upper ceiling. The walls behind the tracks have been designed

in cooperation with Humboldt University. After a 17-month shut

down to build the new tunnel section, the U6 now operates while

the station is being completed.

„Bärlinde“:

74 meters long, weighing 700 tonnes

Length of platforms:

120 meters

Length of platform:

150 meters

Length of platforms:

U5: 152 meters; U6: 130 meters

The Tübbing tunnel:

5.7 m diameter with 2,148 Tübbing rings

Depth of platforms:

7 meters

Depth of platform:

16 meters

Depth of platforms:

U5: 14 meters; U6: 5 meters

Rail construction:

6,000 tonnes of crushed rock,

Station depth:

16 meters

Volume of frozen ground:

28,000 cubic meters of ice

Station depth:

17 meters

5,000 wooden sleepers, 6,000 meters of rail

Quantity of Terrazzo wall tiles:

over 3,000

Number of lights in the starry sky:

6,662

Lights:

over 900

© Reetz-Graudenz © bünck+fehse © Max Dudler © bünck+fehse

The 2nd cutting wheel of the TBM is being delivered, March 2015 Oval mushroom shaped pillars, Visualisation

Riding the subway beneath a starry night sky, Visualisation U5 and U6 in every direction, Visualisation

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