Start of construction work of City Outlet Wuppertal 

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The Clees Group of Companies has officially commenced construction work on the City Outlet Wuppertal. Preparatory construction work has been underway since July. Now it is to continue rapidly at the centrally located Döppersberg, in the district Elbersfeld.

Alexander Clees, project manager of the Clees Group, explains: "All constructional questioins  have been clarified  and the letting of the location is in full swing. The revitalisation measures in the Federal Railway Directorate can now begin step-by-step:"The upgrading of the property to an inner-city outlet has begun.

The City Outlet Wuppertal will be developed in a total of three construction phases. In the first phase of construction, the former Federal Railway Directorate, will comprise approx. 10,000 m² of retail space with up to 65 shops. The opening is planned for the second half of 2018. A development plan for the second and third construction phase is currently being developed with public participation. The construction project is expected to have around 30,000 sqm of retail space after completion of all phases of construction and will be completed in 2020.   

Listed building can be rediscovered through modern retail architecture
In recent months, numerous detailed questions have been clarified for the first construction phase. The optimal integration of the historical building fabric was a challenge to which all project participants contributed intensively. The result is a successful synthesis of history and modernity, which has been developed by the internationally recognised architectural firm ATP Frankfurt in close cooperation with the city of Wuppertal's Historic Monuments Conservation Department. ATP has already been awarded numerous national and international property prizes, which particularly emphasize the integration of real estate in harmony with the environment and people.

Georg Rosen, head of the Architecture Group at ATP Frankfurt emphasises the high standards of the project: "The City Outlet Wuppertal is a unique construction project. We are very proud that we were able to develop an innovative concept for this very beautiful listed property together with all those involved in the project. This is a milestone for the urban development of Wuppertal and creates a new attraction at the Döppersberg for the Wuppertal residents and visitors from the region, from which the entire city centre will benefit. The architectural concept has the necessary value and attractiveness to do justice to the property and the location." 
The Federal Railway Directorate, built in 1875, is the starting point and heart of the new City Outlet and is now undergoing a reconstruction. The characteristic architecture of the building will be retained in the course of modernization.

National & international designer and fashion brands in the focus of rental
Thomas Reichenauer, Managing Director of ROS Retail Outlet Shopping, is responsible for the letting and subsequent operation of the outlet:"The many new brands we have been able to acquire for the City Outlet so far, will enrich the shopping facilities in Wuppertal in the long term. in connection with the inner-city location in a city centre the City Outlet stands for the premium claim of a designer outlet . Our brand partners appreciate that."
ROS Retail Outlet Shopping is one of the top 10 European outlet operators. The large rental portfolio provides excellent access to leading german and international designer and fashion brands. ROS will present the City Outlet Wuppertal from 15th to 17th November at the leading trade fair for retail real estate, MAPIC, in Cannes, France, along with other outlet projects in Germany, Hungary, Croatia, Croatia, France, Portugal and Poland. More than 2,000 decision-makers from the retail sector who are responsible for the expansion, will be present there. Thomas Reichenauer adds:"With the City Outlet Wuppertal, we are offering a highly attractive and innovative outlet concept in an inner-city location in one of the strongest metropolitan areas in Europe with a catchment area of 20 million inhabitants. With this offer, we are a sought-after interlocutor and attract great international interest."