Aarhus Port Centre topping out
17.2.2015 | The new Port Centre in the Port of Aarhus will unite many of the central functions at the Port of Aarhus in a central building complex, and is topping out February 19th.
The Port of Aarhus is Denmark’s main international container port, and also includes the largest public bulk terminal in Denmark for transport of grain, feedstuff and oil. Furthermore, the Port of Aarhus is the largest ferry port in Western Denmark. The new port centre will be the focal point of the port’s activities, as well as the main access point to the ISPS (International Ship and Port Facility Security Code) secured areas.
Multiple user groups
The centre will include port administration offices, workshops and warehousing, a customer reception centre, security management and staff welfare facilities as well as a public eatery. There will also be commercial units for lease to port-related businesses, which will create a cluster of activities sharing a variety of functions. Users are envisaged as a manifold group, to include Port of Aarhus staff, tradesmen, dock workers, truck drivers and visitors.
"One of the key ideas behind the port centre is that it provides the basis for the Port of Aarhus to re-organize themselves as a team, a new way to meet the port's many customers and stakeholders, and involve the wider public," says Julian Weyer, partner and architect in C.F. Møller.
The centre is located adjacent to the key operative areas of the port, such as the container terminal and Omniterminal. The location will have spectacular views and there will be open spaces all around the complex perimeter. Inspired by a desire to achieve best flexibility, the centre resembles an ice crystal. The initial complex will be an entity in itself but it will be possible subsequently to add more wings.
C.F. Møller is the lead consultant on the port centre, with engineers Moe as sub-consultant. NCC is the main contracting, and construction is expected to be completed at the end of 2015.