DIE AG invests more than €1 bn in Oberschöneweide's Behrens-Ufer, an innovative future location with an illustrious past
DIE AG has now submitted plans for the Behrens-Ufer campus it acquired in May 2019. The project developer is currently coordinating the details with the city planning department.
At the center of campus is the Behrensbau, a building with a remarkable industrial history shaped by entrepreneurship and innovation unlike almost any other in Berlin. Among other achievements, this is where the first electric vehicles were developed and manufactured a century ago.
DIE AG's plans for the Behrens-Ufer quarter, which will be one of Berlin's eleven future campuses, provide for sustainable development of the business location. In fact, DIE AG plans to remove significant parts of the massive concrete wall along Ostendstraße. This will create various lines of sight to the banks of the Spree that will be enhanced with pathways and quiet zones. The 100,000 m² (25 acre) campus is almost entirely paved over, but this will soon change with the addition of numerous green spaces that will also benefit the city's climate in the long term.
In the immediate vicinity of the TGS technology and start-up center, the quarter will feature modern work environments with space for more than 10,000 employees conducting research in such areas as electromobility, Industry 4.0, the Internet of Things, and artificial intelligence. The goal is to develop a site with more than 270,000 m² of space.
With an investment volume of more than one billion euros, this campus will become an important incubator not only for the technologies, but also the jobs of the future. “As we develop the Behrens-Ufer campus along the River Spree, we are not just focusing on the construction of office and work space. Our project will have a sustainable character and is being designed for the long term. Urban planning aspects, such as creating social infrastructure, making the quarter more lively with diverse cultural offers and the integration of the highly attractive riverbank are, for us, essential components of responsible planning," says Marcel Priefer, a member of the DIE AG executive board.
The development of the Behrens-Ufer site is part of the transformation process taking place across the southeast side of Berlin. With the upcoming opening of the new Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport (BER), the site's connections will soon change significantly. In the future, Behrens-Ufer will benefit from being halfway between the center of Berlin and the new airport. Synergy effects can also be expected from the Adlershof science and research campus also located on the city's southeast side.
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