“Siemens property” on Schweriner Straße in Bielefeld auctioned off for 7.4 million – Stadtwerk wins bid

Bielefeld  (WB). The municipal utility has bought the “Siemens property” at Otto-Brenner- and Schweriner Straße at auction. After a bidding war with a private investor, the utility company was awarded the contract for 7.4 million euros on Thursday in the district court.

Titan Series SARL from Luxembourg had conducted the compulsory auction proceedings for the property with a total of 21,294 square metres and 14,000 square metres of usable space. In the packed room 18 of the district court, they were represented yesterday by Steinberg Real Estate Management GmbH from Hesse.

Bielefelders have associated the site with the name Siemens since the early 1970s, when the technology group set up its local branch there. Today, Siemens is only one of eight tenants, as is the Dekra Academy – and the telecommunications subsidiary of the municipal utility Bitel. In total, the site consists of eight parcels of land, which went under the hammer yesterday as one unit.

Market value of 5.2 million euros

With a market value of 5.2 million euros, the important seven-tenths mark, up to which the auction operator’s representative could still have intervened, was already done with the first bid. The Bielefeld investor Noeyel Ersay entered the race with four million euros. Dr. Simone Evke de Groot registered her interest as the second bidder for the public utility company with 4.5 million euros. Oliver Schinkewitz (Rauch 25 Verwaltungs GmbH/Berlin) offered 4.6 million before withdrawing, as did Hans Mensendiek from Bielefeld (5.1 million).

At the end of the bidding period, the Stadtwerke had 5.5 million on the books. Noeyel Ersay, however, went back in with 5.6 million. In the following period, a lively exchange of blows with the Stadtwerke developed. At 11.02 a.m., when 7.4 million euros were on the table, Ersay pulled out. “The municipal utilities obviously wanted the property,” said the man who had recently made a name for himself with an investment in the traditional Königshof house in Bad Oeynhausen. He had seen the site in Bielefeld as a “capital investment”, but saw no possibility of going along with the Stadtwerke in the end.

Bitel has been using an area as a data centre until now. “With the purchase, we are securing the long-term use of the building,” said Stadtwerke spokeswoman Yvonne Liebold.

By Hans-Heinrich Sellmann

Source: Fr., 21.09.2018, Westfalen-Blatt: »Siemens-Grundstück« an der Schweriner Straße für 7,4 Millionen ersteigert – Zuschlag für die Stadtwerke