Berlin-BrandenburgAirport, Stuttgart 21 and now the Elbe Philharmonic Hall: all projects that have become hugely controversial. The construction of the classical music concert venue in Hamburg is still ongoing. The project was at a standstill for 18 months; now the Hamburg authorities have come to an agreement with the construction company.
Problems with the roof were among many reasons for the delays, as well as the rising bill. The building was supposed to be finished in fall of 2010 at a cost of €77 million. Recent estimates cite a figure of €575 million. In order to finish the job, the construction company Hochtief is taking on some of the financial responsibility for the project. As Sonja Schock found out: that could be a risky decision, with other problems on the horizon.