Neue Köhlbrandquerung

New Köhlbrand Crossing


The Köhlbrand Bridge is the most important transport link in the Port of Hamburg and one of the landmarks of the Hanseatic city. Its economic and technical lifespan is predicted up until 2030. The enormous importance of the Köhlbrand Bridge for the Port of Hamburg means that a new crossing must be completed before the existing bridge can be dismantled. A technical feasibility study examined crossing variants that included a bridge or a tunnel.

In the subsequent planning phase, Schüssler-Plan as part of an engineering consortium was commissioned with the general design of the overall route as a bore tunnel variant with connecting structures and forming the node to the downstream network. Design work is supported in all service phases by the BIM methodology. The focus is on as-built modelling and derivation of the issues involved as well as cost, schedule and logistics planning.

In addition to defining the route, the task of the preliminary design is also to determine the depth and track widths. In addition, the construction phases and the overall construction process must be planned and a risk and assessment matrix prepared. The advantages of the BIM method lie in the early conformity check of the technical models and in the early examination of possible scheduling and geometric collisions by applying model-based cost, schedule and logistics planning.

Project Data


Hamburg Port Authority AöR



Technical Specifications

Tunnel length: 2.4 km (bored tunnel and cut and cover method)

Services Schüßler-Plan

Building Construction and Structural Design

  • Building construction and structural design (civil engineering and traffic facilities)
  • Sustainable building
  • Feasibility studies
  • (Structural) fire protection

Transportation Infrastructure

  • Transportation planning
  • Traffic analysis
  • Traffic engineering studies
  • Transportation development concepts
  • Microsimulation
  • Construction work scheduling / running time calculation

Project Management

  • Project control
  • Cost and schedule management
  • Risk management
  • Quality management
  • Economic feasibility studies/benefit-cost analysis

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