In 1992, the city council of Halstenbek decided to spend 5 million Deutschmarks on the construction of a new sports hall on a property on Feldstraße formerly occupied by a tree nursery. In 1993, the council approved the design submitted by architects Poitiers & Partner from Hamburg. Architect André Poitiers' design featured an underground field under an oval glass dome, with locker rooms and equipment rooms also located below the ground and around the field. During the planning, the estimated cost already rose to more than 12 million Deutschmarks. Construction finally began in September 1995. In 1996, the estimated total cost was 15.6 million Deutschmarks.
After the second collapse, the city of Halstenbek attempted to settle out of court with the companies involved in the construction of the sports hall, demanding a certain percentage of the amount needed to rebuild the dome from each company. In 2000, the company responsible for the structural design of the dome, Schlaich Bergermann & Partner from Stuttgart, refused to contribute to the funding. The company was subsequently brought to trial.
Despite the uncertainty regarding the compensation for the losses caused by the collapses and the ongoing legal proceedings, in 2001 the city council decided to rebuild the dome at an estimated cost of 2.6 million Deutschmarks. The structural design was to be revised and the works on the dome were to be conducted by companies not formerly affiliated with the construction of the sports hall. The revision of the structural design added further to the cost, as did the fact that the rooms surrounding the field had to be heated 24/7 to keep them free of mold, since rain leaking through the collapsed dome had caused mold to grow in the field's floor.
The rising cost prompted the residents of Halstenbek to protest against the council's decision. 2200 residents (17% of the population) signed a petition against the reconstruction, which was rejected by the county. The council members of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen (the green party), who had voted against the reconstruction, sued against the county's decision to reject the petition. In July 2002, the administrative court of the state of Schleswig-Holstein decided that the petition had to be considered by the county steward. In September of the same year, the county conducted a binding opinion poll among the residents of Halstenbek. 5409 (50,7%) votes were cast in favor of the reconstruction, 5266 (49,3%) against it. After the city council elections held on March 2nd, 2003, the supporters of the reconstruction had a clear majority within the council.
The revision of the structural design was completed by November 2003 and the completion date was set so that the sports hall should have opened in the summer of 2005, at the beginning of the 2005/2006 school year. The reconstruction was halted by the city council in 2004 after the construction company submitted a cost estimate of 4.2 million Euros (8.2 million Deutschmarks). The city council issued a tender for the completion of the sports hall at a maximum cost of 2.5 million Euros. It was up to the applicants to decide whether they could retain the original dome-shaped roof at the allocated cost or not. For the first time, the council allowed alterations of the roof's design to keep the costs down. Applications were due in November 2004.
During October 2004, residents and council members opposing the reconstruction filed another petition signed by more than 2700 residents which was approved by the county's administration on November 30th, 2004. The city council sued against the approval of the petition, thus preventing a second binding poll which was to be conducted on February 20th, 2005, the same day on which the state parliament elections took place. The group opposing the reconstruction subsequently filed a request for an injunction against the city council to prevent them from immediately commencing the reconstruction by awarding a binding and definitive construction license to a company bidding for the tender.
After the county steward suggested an arbitration, talks between all parties involved were held between February and April 2005. As the talks did not lead to a settlement out of court, the legal proceedings continued until July 12th, 2005. The administrative court's final decision was that the county steward's approval of the petition was lawful and that a lawsuit filed by the city council against the county steward was unreasoned.
7 years after the second collapse, on July 18th, 2005, the majority of the city council approved the demolition of the unfinished sports hall and the construction of a conventional, box-type sports hall at the same location. On August 15th, the mayor exercised his power of veto against the decision and instead decided that the final word on the fate of the "dented egg" should be spoken by the residents of Halstenbek. At a turnout of 42%, 71% of the residents voted in favor of the demolition on December 11th, 2005. The decision became final on January 30th, 2006. 10 months later, the tender for the demolition was issued and was awarded to a demolition company from Hamburg. The demolition cost 200.000 Euros and began in January 2007. The demolition was completed on March 20th, 2007, more than 10 years after the first collapse. The foundation stone of the "dented egg" was recovered during the demolition and is to be buried together with the foundation stone of the new sports hall to be built on the same site.
Another flaw of the dome-shaped roof was apparent ever since it was temporarily completed in 1998: the large glass panes at the lower end of the dome reflected sunlight towards the neighbouring houses, even after the dome collapsed. The city therefore had the glass panes causing the refelctions spraypainted black.
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