SPIE responsible for technical Facility management for Union Investment in Berlin

Published on 14 June 2021

Berlin, 14 June 2021SPIE, the independent European leader in multi-technical services in the areas of energy and communications, has been commissioned by Union Investment to handle technical and infrastructural facility management for four of the investment company's properties in Berlin. The new operating contract began on 1 January 2021 and is initially intended to run for three years.

Reliable management of sophisticated building complexes

SPIE Deutschland & Zentraleuropa, the German subsidiary of SPIE, is now in charge of the technical and infrastructural building management across roughly 56,000 square metres of gross floor area. Those are spanning over several locations at the Rosmarin Karree, Rathaus Mitte, Pergamon Palais and Neue Promenade, in the Mitte borough of Berlin. The contract includes servicing, inspecting and repairing the interior ventilation systems, the door, sprinkler, emergency power, electrical, air conditioning, heating and plumbing facilities as well as the instrumentation and control technology in the buildings. SPIE takes also care of all fault management. “These properties are right in the heart of the creative centre of Berlin, and their representative locations and high standard of fixtures and fittings mean that operating them is a challenging task,” explained Torsten Schultheis, Berlin and Brandenburg regional sales manager at SPIE Deutschland & Zentraleuropa. The multi-technical service provider is also taking care of modification and interior fit-out work on the office spaces for owners and tenants, offering in-house technician services and providing support for the planning and modernisation of building technology. Anchor tenants include the administrative offices for the borough of Berlin Mitte, the DSGV savings bank association, Humboldt University and a foundation.

Sebastian Hölzel, manager of the Berlin-Brandenburg branch of SPIE Deutschland & Zentraleuropa, is thrilled to be working with the new partner. “Our aim is to devise custom-made solutions and put them into practice rapidly and expertly with our entire team to provide a lasting demonstration of our capabilities and the quality of our services for Union Investment and its stakeholders in the properties.

Achieving energy targets together

The multi-technical service provider will also be helping the investment company with potential energy efficiency measures to cut carbon emissions. To do this, SPIE will be drawing on its extensive experience and expertise in energy. “The synergies between our decades of experience in building operations and the implementation of energy-efficiency measures offer a host of benefits for our customers. With our comprehensive knowledge of facilities, we can draw up strategies and plan measures for running those facilities as efficiently as possible,” said Schultheis. Creating a carbon-neutral future currently constitutes one of the biggest market opportunities. SPIE has a wealth of expertise in energy and has been deploying pioneering solutions to deliver lasting improvements to the energy efficiency of buildings and facilities for many years. It can also open up access to low-carbon forms of energy.

A partnership with a bright future

SPIE and Union Investment are working together in Berlin for the first time. The multi-technical service provider has previously proved its worth as a dependable partner at buildings owned by the property investment company in other German cities. “We chose SPIE because its team radiated professionalism throughout the entire tender process. SPIE had the best strategy and won me over in talks with the operational team at its Berlin-Brandenburg branch,” said Falko Möller, strategic purchasing manager at Union Investment. “We are proud that Union Investment has given us this vote of confidence for managing its Berlin portfolio,” said Jörg Hartmann, general manager of the North region in the Efficient Facilities operational division at SPIE Deutschland & Zentraleuropa.