To "the blessing from on high of course he does not want to do without in catholic bamberg, explained munich entrepreneur johannes kraus to his guests at the funeral. So even before the builder, together with mayor andreas stark (SDP), pressed the symbolic start button for the hydroelectric power plant, prayers were first said. Cathedral chaplain markus kohmann blessed the modern plant, which will henceforth produce eco-electricity for around 300 bamberg households. "With my own little water power plant", joked the clergyman with a view to the holy water. The celebration later took place on the future visitors’ terrace of the world heritage visitors’ center.
A bumpy road
In his speech, kraus once again summed up the "sometimes bumpy road", he had walked together with the water management office, the city of bamberg, architect heinz rosenberg and all those involved. Despite all this, the project was successfully completed in a relatively short period of time – from the first idea, the "initial funding", to the completion of the project in january 2014 about the start of construction in autumn 2016 – to realize. After completion of the hydroelectric power plant on schedule, the building for the future world heritage visitor center and the planned catering business should be handed over to the tenants in about six months. The construction project was somewhat delayed due to the pending sheet piling and archaeological work on the oak piles at the site of the lower mills.
But at the end of the year, the "last eyesore" is to be completed the city will then be completely gone, says kraus. At least the topping-out ceremony for the modern new building was celebrated yesterday in the course of the inauguration of the hydroelectric power plant. In his ceremonial address, district master craftsman manfred amon focused on the future versatility of the building, where renewable energy, world cultural heritage and physical well-being will all be housed under one roof.
The visitor center is scheduled to open on 29. April of the coming year. Yesterday, patricia alberth, head of the bamberg world heritage center, was already certain: "what is being built here will enrich the city." In her opinion, the wind of change that the project has experienced clearly shows that it will enrich the city.