Lanxess has completed the move of its Group headquarters from Leverkusen to Cologne. With its approximately 1,000 employees, the German speciality chemicals firm now occupies the Lanxess Tower at Kennedyplatz 1 in the district of Deutz. It will now manage its global business from Cologne. The new Group headquarters unites all of the company’s central management functions under one roof for the first time
According to Axel C. Heitmann, Chairman of the Board of Management of Lanxess, “the concentration of forces” is important in view of the firm’s current situation. He pointed out that with its location in the flourishing economic and media hotbed of Cologne, the Lanxess Tower provides everything it needs to conduct its global business. “Not only is the building equipped with modern technology, it also represents sustainable and responsible architecture,” said Heitmann. He added that Cologne also has an infrastructure unique in North Rhine-Westphalia with excellent transport connections. Furthermore, the city is a renowned academic and research centre, making it a magnet for top talent.
Alongside office floors with their contemporary design, the 22-storey tower also contains a separate conference floor with 13 meeting rooms and a communication centre with space for approximately 400 people.
“Except for a few finishing touches, the interior of the LanxessTower is complete. The building is almost 100 m high and has some 38,500 sq m of floor space,” explained Norbert Mimberg, Project Manager.
Construction work took three years. By the time it was completed, 50,000 tonnes of concrete and other mineral demolition waste had been removed from the site. At peak times, more than 400 workers were busy at the construction site. The first stage involved removing a basement building that previously connected the two office blocks and was used as a garage and access route.
Meanwhile, Saltigo GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lanxess, is moving its corporate headquarters from Langenfeld to Leverkusen, with its workforce of over 100, into what used to be Lanxess’s main building (K 10) at the CHEMPARK Leverkusen site. “
In the future, a total of 550 employees will work in K 10. Langenfeld is the other main Lanxess site to be affected by the relocations. Global Procurement & Logistics will be taking over Saltigo GmbH’s Katzberg building in Langenfeld.