DIRECTOR OF International Affairs John Whitwell gave an overview of the future framework at a busy meeting of European local associations and county representatives in Berlin recently.
With business out of the way, the 48 guests embarked on site visits to the offices of Leonhardt Andr & Partner in the Hackische Hfe area, a relic of an idealistic town-planning concept with small factories, craftsmen's workshops and ateliers, shops, cafes and offices grouped round inner courtyards.
The group moved to the largest construction site in Europe, the Potsdamer Platz, where a forest of tower cranes dominated the skyline.
Other schemes which came under ICE appraisal were the construction of the new Lehrter Station in Berlin, where the main European Intercity lines will cross. Guests were shown the segmental bored pile walls used to make the pits which are then excavated under water and pumped dry. The pits will join together to form a 1.6 km long tunnel.