An advisory board for the new Hamburg Innovation Port was established Monday marking a crucial step towards its realization. Speaking during the constituent meeting, Frank Horch, Senator for Economics, Transport and Innovation, said: “The Hamburg Innovation Port is a big gain for the innovative city of Hamburg and will be an enrichment for effectively linking science and commerce. I am certain that this marks an important step towards becoming an innovative metropolis in future.”
The Hamburg Innovation Port will provide rooms and more services for collaborations between research, founders and start-ups and for companies who are willing to move near the TU Hamburg-Harburg. The emphasis will be on developing digital technologies for transport systems in shipping, aviation, production and logistics. The institutes of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and Fraunhofer Gesellschaft as well as TU Hamburg are among the high-tech companies and research institutes already located there.
Technological, forward-looking location
The HC Hagemann Group is to develop, build and manage buildings with a total floor space of 70,000 square metres. Drafts by the Rotterdam-based MVRDV and the Hamburg-based Hadi Teherani architects won the tender for the project. Arne Weber, head of HC Hagemann, said: “Over the past 25 years, the Channel Hamburg in the district of Harburg has become an authoritative, technological and forward-looking location near the TU Hamburg.” Work on the first part of the build will start this year. “From 2018, we can offer 8,000 square metres of office and research space to entrepreneurs and founders and meet the expansion needs of the Technical University of Hamburg.“
Great demand for research institutes
Demand among nearby institutes including DLR and the Fraunhofer CMLs for space in HIP is already growing. On completion, the Hamburg Innovation Port will have space for at least 3,000 new jobs in the south of Hamburg. Preparations for the first phase of the build are already underway. The soil is being examined, weapons removed and the quay wall is being refurbished. pb
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