The foundation stone of the Hamburg Innovation Port was laid at a ceremony Monday, (June 18) marking the start of construction in Harburg’s inland port. The 20,000-m² site on Blohmstraße with around 60,000-m² gross floor space for over 2,500 workplaces and the expansion of the Technical University Hamburg-Harburg (TUHH) will be built in staggered construction phases. On completion, young entrepreneurs can benefit from the expertise of nearby research institutions and work in the creative environment there. The innovation park is being developed, financed and operated by HC Hagemann and will facilitate networking between businesses and science and offer ideal conditions for establishing a vibrant start-up scene.
First construction phase to end next spring
Frank Horch, Senator for Economics, Traffic and Innovation, Arne Weber, investor and Managing Director of HC Hagemann GmbH & Co. KG, Dierk Trispel, Deputy District Manager Harburg and Prof. Dr. Ed Brinksma, President of TUHH, laid the foundation stone for HIP. The first construction phase is due for completion in spring 2019, said Weber, adding that the 20,000 m² building in the modular architectural master plan by the Rotterdam-based architects MVRDV will be completed immediately afterwards. The search for companies best suited to TUHH’s institutes is now underway to create synergies between industry and science.
Promoting links between commerce and science
Horch added: “The Hamburg Innovation Port matches the senate’s innovation park concept perfectly. It aims to strengthen the spatial proximity between business and science and to boost co-operation by establishing infrastructure. Bringing innovative ideas to market maturity, developing products and founding and relocating companies – that is the idea taking shape here. And because Hamburg on course to become one of Europe’s most innovative cities, the senate aims to make the exchange between business and science as barrier-free as possible.”
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