What is the fascination? What drives us? The projects we show here have presented our teams with special challenges. Many things turned out differently, some things went wrong. Always getting back up again. Because a solution can be found for every problem—often after hard work.
Udo Töben has experienced a lot in 36 years at HOCHTIEF. Venezuela, Sweden, Hamburg—these are just a few of the stations the engineer has been to. In 2022, he experienced “the biggest thing I've done so far” during the expansion of the A6 in Germany: the transverse shifting of the 820-meter-long and 46,000-ton bridge over the Neckar Valley. In the film, he talks about his job on Axis 20 and explains why he describes himself as “unique”.
"A project full of surprises". That's how Christiane Zimmermann got to know subway construction in Copenhagen over four years. Here she experienced what teamwork means, how the challenges of a project weld together and friendships develop. The civil engineer appreciates the Danish way of balancing family and career.
Dorothea Musik fell in love twice over while building a bridge in Scotland - with the city of Edinburgh, its people, nature and pubs. But above all, she fell in love with the "Queensferry Crossing," a 2.7-kilometer-long river crossing near the metropolis. "That's where my heart goes out to me as an architect." We accompanied Dorothea Musik on a visit to the "project of a lifetime".
... through the mountain Jürgen Mielenz experiences some of the most exciting and intense moments of his working life. When it comes to the Gotthard Tunnel, Mielenz has his own particular type of tunnel vision. He sees himself standing in the rock cave illuminated by fluorescent lamps, the soil rough underfoot, looking up to the roof that was blasted free 15 meters above, and thinks: There are another 2,000 meters of rock on top of it. It’s hard to imagine.
It probably was the most impressive relocation in the history of humankind—and HOCHTIEF concerted it half a century ago. The rescue of the Abu Simbel temple complex was of gigantic dimensions and developed into a race against time. For Hans-Michael Treiber it was “the project of my life”.