Video: New look for the Jungfernstieg

How Hamburg is making its subway stations more attractive.

Porsche consultant Johannes Ditandy discusses the course of action with Georg and Lars Mühl – two generations of employees at the Mühl Naturstein company. The takt-based plan specifies step-by-step renewal of the flooring at Hamburg’s Jungfernstieg and Stadthausbrücke S-Bahn stations. Photo: Porsche Consulting.
As part of the first step, tiles are removed from the old wall next to the rails at the Stadthausbrücke station. Photo: Porsche Consulting.
Demolition hammers are used to remove the approximately 40-year-old wall covering. Photo: Porsche Consulting.
Section by section, the old tiles are removed from the wall next to the rails. The plans assign a fixed takt or interval to each step. Photo: Porsche Consulting.
Technical systems like the escalators leading up to the exits are protected from the demolition work. Photo: Porsche Consulting.
Parallel to work at the Stadthausbrücke station, chipping hammers are used to break up flooring on the platform of the Jungfernstieg station. Photo: Porsche Consulting.
Platform-specific logistics call for flat cars to carry away construction waste. Photo: Porsche Consulting.
Flooring on the feeder levels is also removed on a platform-by-platform basis. Wheelbarrows were used to move construction waste to lower levels. A total of around 700 tons were removed from the two stations, including the feeder levels. Photo: Porsche Consulting.
Project office on a boat: Construction work is discussed at daily meetings on the Susebek, a steamer on the Alster. Progress is analyzed in order to respond promptly to any critical deviations from the plans. Photo: Porsche Consulting.
Tiles are delivered precisely as needed in order to lay the new flooring efficiently. This saves space and prevents superfluous interim storage. Photo: Porsche Consulting.
During peak periods such as laying the new floor panels, 90 workers are in action at the Jungfernstieg S-Bahn station. Photo: Porsche Consulting.
New flooring is laid on a section-by-section basis. Each section is served by precision material supply and waste removal processes. A two-way Unimog utility vehicle pulls the work train on rails and roads to transport tools and materials. Photo: Porsche Consulting.
Tactile surface indicators in the form of grooved gray panels are fitted precisely into the flooring. They enable visually impaired patrons to use the S-Bahn stations. Photo: Porsche Consulting.
Screed mixers are used to apply mortar to the platform. Photo: Porsche Consulting.
Quality: Floor panels are cut to measure. Photo: Porsche Consulting.
In water: Every millimeter counts when laying the 60 x 60-centimeter concrete panels. Photo: Porsche Consulting.
The Jungfernstieg and Stadthausbrücke stations were closed for two weeks. Platforms 1 and 2 are now back in service for commuters. Photo: Porsche Consulting.

The first S-Bahn (city rail) train rolled through Hamburg from Altona to Ohlsdorf in 1907. The S-Bahn continues to be a modern means of transportation to this day. And it has excellent future prospects. It serves around 730,000 people a day in this port city of northern Germany, including workers, students, schoolchildren, and tourists. The Jungfernstieg station, which is located right on the bank of the Binnenalster in the city center, is one of the largest in the system. After opening in 1975, it now needed new walls and flooring, as did the neighboring Stadthausbrücke station. No easy task, if transportation services were to continue largely uninterrupted. Deutsche Bahn (German Rail), which runs Hamburg’s S-Bahn system, asked construction experts from Porsche Consulting for support in planning and carrying out the work. Logistics played a major role in the project, in order to save both time and money – and especially to minimize inconvenience for passengers.