Bavaria: Bavaria's state parliament gets a new glass roof

Construction site with a panoramic view: the state parliament has had a new glass roof over the plenary hall since March.

Bavaria: Bavaria's state parliament gets a new glass roof

Construction site with a panoramic view: the state parliament has had a new glass roof over the plenary hall since March. Unlike many other major projects, things are going according to plan.

Munich (dpa / lby) - Work on the new glass roof over the plenary hall of Bavaria's state parliament is progressing according to plan. The six million euro project should be completed by the end of the year, said Ilse Aigner (CSU), President of the State Parliament, in Munich on Friday. The first new discs were installed this week. "Of course we hope that as much as possible can happen in the summer, that no storm, hail, weather will spoil us in the truest sense of the word."

Since the operation of the state parliament must not be disrupted, implementation is a logistical challenge. Therefore, no work is carried out on the roof on plenary days. When people are working there, nobody is allowed to stay in the plenary hall. The work has been going on since March.

The reason for the large construction site at a height of 30 meters were numerous leaks in the previous glass roof, which was only used when the plenary hall was renovated in 2005. In the meantime, water had to be caught with buckets. After the refurbishment, daylight should again shine directly into the plenum.

Waagner Biro Steel and Glass GmbH from Vienna is responsible for the work. The Austrians have already built the roof of the British Museum in London, Hangar-7 at Salzburg Airport and the dome of the Reichstag building in Berlin. A maintenance contract was also concluded with the order for the entire warranty period of 21 years.

At the same time, the construction work in the visitor foyer and in the basement of the Maximilianeum is progressing, a project worth 106 million euros. "We have up to 60,000 visitors a year here," said Aigner. The foyer should be ready for the state elections in autumn next year.

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