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Hamburg planning "Science City"

Senate presents concept to make high-tech key pillar of innovation

Plans for a 125-hectare Science City Bahrenfeld were unveiled Tuesday (January 22, 2019) in Hamburg’s City Hall. The first architectural competitions are due to launch in 2020. New scientific institutes and around 2,500 apartments are to be built near the Bahrenfeld research campus. Plans are being laid to expand the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) and for the University of Hamburg to permanently locate the faculties of physics, chemistry and parts of the biology department in Science City. Thus, Bahrenfeld would become an even more attractive residential area thanks also to rail links and large recreational areas.

Basic research and applied science

Speaking during the presentation, Dr. Peter Tschentscher, Mayor of Hamburg, noted: “Together with the University and DESY, we want to dedicate an entire city district to science over the next few years. We are developing a centre for basic research and applied science, an incubator for innovation and technology transfer in Science City Bahrenfeld. At the same time, attractive apartments and recreational areas for students, scientists and creative people will be created in the district.”

Multi-year process

The development of Science City Bahrenfeld is likely to last many years and possibly decades. The costs have yet to be settled. “We expect this to lead to even more scientific excellence, innovations, quality of life and jobs for Hamburg in future,” said Katharina Fegebank, Senator for Science, Research and Equality. More than 5,000 students will benefit from modern lecture halls, laboratories and interactive learning and meeting spaces on the campus.

Research, study, living and work

Around 2,500 new apartments for residents, students, scientists and guest researchers from Germany and abroad are to be built to create a vibrant district that combines working, research, studying and living. Plans for an intelligent mobility system are also being laid in Science City with direct access to the rapid transit system in conjunction with mobility hubs, bus shuttle systems on campus and eventually making it car-free.

Research and Altona Innovation Park

A technology and start-up centre for life sciences, biotechnology, nanotechnology and new materials is also being planned in the Altona Innovation Park and will be gradually operational by mid 2023. This will allow start-ups, innovative companies to research the latest technologies with scientists in the innovation park, on Vorhornweg east of Luruper Chaussee.

Another flagship project called the Innovation Centre is to be built near the Innovation Park backed by DESY, the University of Hamburg and the City of Hamburg. Fledgling scientific research companies on the campus can avail of modern offices and laboratory space there. Construction is due to start in April 2019 and the first start-ups are likely to move in by late 2020. An informative event at DESY on February 11, 2019 will give residents an opportunity to learn more about Science City Bahrenfeld. Doors open at 6.30 p.m.

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