New BP headquarters
BP moved its European headquarters from Bahrenfeld to new premises at Hamburg‘s HafenCity. Its 270 staff are now working on 4,000 sq m at Sumatrakontor on Überseeallee. From Hamburg, BP controls among other things its business with lubricant products for industry, shipping and automotive industry as well as the aviation fuels division of Air BP. Investments into the new office premises totaled 1.8 million euro.
Port railway expanded
The Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) concluded works on the rail access of the container terminal Altenwerder and the adjacent freight centre with the inauguration of a two-pronged striving as well as modern signalling systems. In addition, the HPA started operations of an electronic interlocking centre at Altenwerder East, controlling 47 track switches. Also, tracks at Altenwerder East have been electrified. Hamburg‘s port railway network comprises 300 kilometres of tracks and 850 track switches.
Record orders for Airbus
Since January, the Hamburg-based aircraft manufacturer Airbus has received binding orders for 758 airplanes and thus achieved this year‘s target.
At the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget alone, Airbus was entrusted with contracts, letters of intent and options for 466 aircraft. They include a firm order from Lufthansa for 100 types of the successful A320 family, which is being assembled in Hamburg.
Support for start-ups
Hanse-Ventures has launched an online marketplace for high-quality designer fashion in the second hand sector under the name of “Rebelle“. In total, the Hamburg incubator announced to launch three to four start-ups over the next months and thus to create up to 100 jobs.
With the heritage protected skyscrapers of “Der Spiegel“ and IBM as landmarks, the construction group Hochtief Solutions is developing the office quarter Hamburg Heights. Covering 7,700 sq m between Willy-Brandt-Straße, Dovenfleet, Zollkanal and Brands-twiete, the highrisers by the Hamburg architect Werner Kall-morgen will be renovated and complemented by two new buildings. Restaurants, retail, and an underground car park will also be provided.
Hamburg and New Zealand‘s largest city of Auckland intensified their co-operation. Signed during a video conference, their Memorandum of Understanding determines the fields of co-operation of the coming three years. Hamburg and Auckland have been closely working together since 2007. Both port cities face similar challenges, for instance in urban development, climate protection, and the renewable energies.
New Nordakademie site
Elmshorn-based Nordakademie expands to Hamburg. Set up by companies and the employer‘s association NORDMETALL, the business college s has taken up the fifth floor of the Dockland office building on the banks of the Elbe to offer two new part-time master‘s degree programmes. Starting this autumn, they are offered in management information systems, marketing and sales management as well as financial management and accounting.
Certified day care
From 2014 onwards, the quality of Hamburg‘s 1,000 public day care centres (Kitas) will be regularly assessed by an independent surveyor. The day care operators, the parents committee on child day-care (LEA) and the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Family and Integration (BASFI) now defined the the main topics of the survey in a joint paper.