Piller powers ahead with new ECB headquarters project

The European Central Bank (ECB) is well underway with construction of its iconic new headquarters building in Frankfurt, Germany. Piller is right on track with its contribution, reports Crista Baxter.

A topping out ceremony was held in September 2012 to mark completion of the basic structure of the distinctive towers and the fit out is advancing according to schedule for occupation of the building mid-2014.


Topping out the new ECB Headquarters building took place in September 2012

In February 2013 Piller Germany GmbH & Co. KG delivered the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems that will protect the new headquarters’ datacentre and other critical applications, including the personal computers of the ECB President, and his Board and all other occupants of the 165 metre tall towers.

A total of 4.5 MVA decentralised UPS equipment is being installed, including four UBR 625 water-cooled rotary UPS units and six UBR 330 units, together with associated transfer switches and cabling. Commissioning of the equipment is expected to commence in August with final systems testing scheduled for the end of the year.

Piller Germany GmbH & Co. KG is a leading producer of UPS systems for high capacity and ultra-mission-critical applications, listing many of the world’s banks and leading financial institutions amongst its clients, including other prominent Central Banks such as the Bank of England and the Deutsche Bundesbank.

The European Central Bank (ECB) is one of the seven institutions of the European Union (EU) listed in the Treaty on European Union (TEU). It is the central bank for the Euro and administers the monetary policy of the 17 EU member states which constitute the Eurozone, one of the largest currency areas in the world. It is thus one of the world's most important Central Banks. The Bank is headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany.

Artist’s impression of the new ECB Headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany.