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Press release
SPIE is taking over the technical facility management of cultural institutions in Berlin

Expansion of the collaboration with Berliner Immobilienmanagement GmbH (BIM)


Berlin, October 4th, 2017 – The Deutsche Theater, the Volksbühne, the Friedrichstadtpalast – all of these are Berlin stages with an international reputation. Starting from 2018, SPIE will be responsible for their smooth operation and building maintenance. The state of Berlin – represented by the Berliner Immobilienmanagement GmbH (BIM) – has tasked the group SPIE, following a call for tenders in several steps, with the technical facility management of a total of 28 cultural institutions in the German federal capital. The contract has a duration of four years and eight months.



For 66 economic units in the cultural portfolio, the state of Berlin is outsourcing overarching control services, property management and technical building management services. The 28 real estate properties for which SPIE received the contract include the Konzerthaus, the Berliner Ensemble and the Maxim Gorki Theater, in addition to the Volksbühne, the Deutsche Theater and the Friedrichstadtpalast. The properties also include the state chancellery, called the Rote Rathaus.

High quality standards

The managed area amounts to approximately 350,000 square meters. The range of services provided includes the maintenance of historical facades and structures, such as those of the Deutsche Theater, founded in 1849, as well as the repair and maintenance of the entire stage and lighting technical systems. Lifting platforms, revolving stages, hoists and lights in the renowned venues must all work securely. Regular maintenance service must be coordinated with performance operations.

"Both the specificities of stage operation and the high level of technology in the properties require a high-quality service provision. Furthermore, professional coordination is necessary to ensure that performances are not compromised. We will be judged on both the cost-effectiveness of our work and an increased user-friendliness," emphasises Sebastian Hölzel, Branch Manager for Berlin-Brandenburg at SPIE Deutschland & Zentraleuropa.

Comprehensive range of services

SPIE Deutschland & Zentraleuropa is responsible for the value preservation, as well as the smooth and secure operation, of the properties. Taking into account all statutory specifications, standards and guidelines, the aim here is a legally compliant organisation, for instance for fire prevention. The aim is to holistically operate the properties and to comprehensively transfer, to the extent legally possible, operational responsibility to SPIE.

Services at a glance:

  • Overarching control of facility management,
  • Operational management in facility management (service, inspection, assumption of hygiene responsibility),
  • Operational management in property management,
  • Recurring inspections as per the Inspection Ordinance of the state of Berlin,
  • Maintenance of the relevant construction elements of the service specifications,
  • Tree inspection,
  • Energy management,
  • Maintenance and small construction repairs.

BIM as an important existing client in property management

BIM and SPIE have enjoyed a trusting and close collaboration for many years. For instance, on behalf of BIM, the multi-technical services provider provides, among other things, technical services for refugee emergency housing at Fehrbelliner Platz and for office and administrative buildings used by the Senate Administration for Urban Development and Housing. The start-up phase for the management of the properties from the Berlin cultural portfolio will begin in November 2017.


SPIE Deutschland & Zentraleuropa

Markus Holzke
Managing Director
Tel. : +49 (0)2102 3708 801
e-mail :

Tanja Romar
Marketing & Communications Manager
Tel. : +49 (0)2102 3708 655
e-mail :

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Simon Polaszek
Press and Public Relations
Tel. : +49 (0)211 600 46 147
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