Continental laid the foundation stone for its new company headquarters in Hanover. CEO Dr. Elmar Degenhart said at the foundation stone ceremony, “The automotive industry is undergoing the biggest change it has experienced since its inception, and we are doing our bit to shape this change. In doing so, we are undergoing our own change.” He added, “In the future, we will work and collaborate differently. We will give our employees greater flexibility. We will help them to organize their own working patterns and collaborate across divisions. To achieve this, we will be optimizing their workplaces. Our corporate culture and our four values are the foundations for this. It is on the foundations of our corporate culture that we are constructing our new company headquarters. Its architectural design is open. It will have connecting sections and areas where people can get together, just as cities have their streets and plazas. And just as cities have houses, our new headquarters will have areas for retreat and concentration. This is how we promote networked, flexible and trust-based work and our spirit of togetherness.”
The new company headquarters were designed by Munich-based architecture firm HENN and will contain enough space for 1,250 employees, with reserve space available for increasing capacity to 1,600 at some point in the future. The work environment in the new headquarters will be characterized by an open-space design throughout, featuring state-of-the-art technical equipment. “Openness and interconnectedness encourage agile and flexible team collaboration and cross-divisional communication,” said Dr. Ariane Reinhart.
Construction of the basic structure for the new, global headquarters began back in March 2019, and the first few basement walls are already in place. Completion of the basic structure is to be celebrated at a topping-out ceremony scheduled for late 2019 / early 2020, while final completion of the entire building is scheduled to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Continental in 2021.
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