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The new-build project

New MHH to be created at Stadtfelddamm

There will be a hospital new-build project – that much has been clear for some time now. But where? This has been debated at length. Finally, at a press conference held on 1 April 2019, the state government announced the location decided upon for the new-build: the university hospital of the future will be created at Stadtfelddamm. A site around 16 hectares in size is available for construction there at which, in MHH’s extensive physical redevelopment, the central buildings for healthcare provision are to be erected.

These are the plans

Map view of the extension at the Stadtfelddamm
In a first stage west of the Stadtfelddamm the children's clinic as mother-child-center, a center for emergency medicine, a heart-lung-center and the first part of a head-center should be realized (here in the picture, turquoise blue drawn). Copyright: HDR GmbH
 Map view of the MHH site and the planned extension at the Stadtfelddamm.
The shape of the actual structure is not yet clear. Then the first part of the hospital moves from its previous location (here in the overview chart light blue). Further stages of construction are planned (left picture, dashed lines). The vacated area on the old campus is to be used for a new development towards a health science campus. Copyright: HDR GmbH

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A brief history of the new-build project

Oktober 2016: Lower Saxony’s Minister-President Stephan Weil announces in a newspaper interview that structural building deficiencies at MHH and at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Göttingen (UMG) will be addressed in a project on the scale of more than one billion euros. A solution that is not “cobbled together” must be found. A steering group is to identify creative and practicable solutions. It will include representatives of the Ministries of Science and of Finance, the regional tax office (‘Oberfinanzdirektion (OFD) Niedersachsen’) and both of the university medical facilities involved.

Februar 2017: The MHH governing body (Presidium) confirms there is a new-build project – the first time it has publicly done so – in the regional Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper.

April 2017: The SPD/Green state-level government initiates a special fund from which the hospital new-build projects in Hannover and Göttingen are to be financed. In the first instalment, 600 million euros – budgetary surpluses carried forward from the previous year – was put into this special fund.

September 2017: An assessment report by MMI Schweiz AG concludes that a new-build project is preferable to refurbishing the existing buildings. The report proposes that two locations should be evaluated as to their suitability: the Karl-Wiechert-Allee site, where the parking level and administrative building still stand; and the area to the west of the Stadtfelddamm road, where there are currently still allotment gardens.

September 2017: The Ministry of Science sets up a Scientific Advisory Board on University Medicine in Lower Saxony. Its remit is to provide ongoing scientific guidance on the planned construction projects at MHH and UMG. The advisory board’s members are Professor Dr. Hans-Jochen Heinze (Chair), Irmtraut Gürkan, Professor Dr. Jürgen Schölmerich, Professor Dr. Karl Max Einhäupl, Professorin Dr. Gabriele Schackert and Professor Dr. Dr. Uwe Koch-Gromus.

March 2018: The Scientific Advisory Board on University Medicine in Lower Saxony comes out in favour of a new-build project for MHH to the west of Stadtfelddamm, provided the outcome of the structural-engineering review is favourable. The Chair, Professor Hans-Jochen Heinze, say that it would not be a good idea to squeeze a new MHH between the existing main hospital building and the road (Karl-Wiechert-Allee).

April 2018: The state government passes a resolution to allocate a further 300 million euros (from the 2017 budgetary surplus) to the special fund.

June 2018: The Ministry of Science establishes a Construction Advisory Board whose remit is to provide ongoing technical guidance on the building project. The Chair is assumed by Dipl.-Ing. Olaf Hasselmann, who served on the supervisory board of Hochtief AG from 1998 to 2010 and was also vice-president of the construction industry association (VdB) for Lower Saxony and Bremen between 2002 and 2010. Other members are Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Kfm. Dieter Jacob, Prof. Dr.-Ing Katharina Klemt-Albert, Dipl.-Ing. Lars Leppers, Dipl.-Kauffr. Barbara Schulte, Dipl.-Ing. Edzard Schultz and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rainer Wanninger.

April 2019: The location for the MHH hospital new-build chosen by the state cabinet is the site to the west of Stadtfelddamm.

April 2019: The new-build projects at MHH and UMG are to be centrally managed. This is stressed to the members of the state government’s Committee on Finance and the Budget by Minister for Science Björn Thümler, who reports that an agreement has been made with both university hospitals. Under this agreement a company called Dachgesellschaft Bauvorhaben Hochschulmedizin Niedersachsen (DBHN) GmbH – a wholly owned subsidiary of the federal state – will be formed to look after the state’s interests. Operational implementation of the construction projects will be undertaken by two legally and organizationally independent construction firms based at the university locations. In each case, a majority stake in the construction firm will be held by the university in question.

May 2019: Hannover City Council approves the sale of the Stadtfelddamm site to the federal state of Lower Saxony on 28 May 2019.

June 2019:  Minister for Science Björn Thümler announces that, on 3 June, the act of incorporation with the notary public will be performed for the new federal state-owned umbrella organization (DBHN). Its managing director will be Burkhard Landré. Previously, as director of ‘PD – Berater der öffentlichen Hand GmbH’ (a consultancy for public authorities), he advised the federal state during preparations for this major event and is familiar with structural aspects involved. Construction is due to start in 2022.