Portrait Thomas Graf, Geschäftsführer Alpine Immobilien GmbH

"Schönefeld has better transport links than almost any other region in Germany."

Thomas Graf, managing director, Alpine Immobilien GmbH

What are your business plans for the Berlin-Brandenburg Airport Region?

Alpine Immobilien has been active in the airport region since 1990. We are currently expanding our "BB Business Hub" in Schönefeld. The current 18,000 m² corporate campus is located in the direct vicinity of BER Terminal 5, opposite the Schönefeld S-Bahn station. From the 1st quarter of 2023, a further 16,000 m² of flexible office space will be ready for occupancy.

The campus will then comprise four buildings and offer attractive benefits: A gastronomic area, charging stations for e-cars and e-bikes as well as showers and changing rooms are available to all tenants. With meeting rooms that can be booked flexibly, a separate tenant app and a landscaped outdoor area, we are also creating a workplace where working is a reoccurring pleasure each day.

The "Waßmannsdorfer Tor" industrial park is another project. Only two kilometers away from the BB Business Hub, we are developing a 15-hectare site directly on the B96a with our partners DLE Land Development and GSG Berlin. Production, offices, research laboratories and light industry are to be located here in the future.

What advantages does the Airport Region offer for your company and your project?

Schönefeld has better transport links than almost any other region in Germany. You can quickly reach important metropolises in Germany and Europe by car, train or plane. The proximity to Berlin is another plus point. Here you will find the bustling life of the capital as well as a large number of well-trained workers for entrepreneurial growth. And the airport region still offers a lot of development potential in contrast to Berlin, which is expensive and characterized by a shortage of space.

What would you like to see in the development of the region?

In addition to the development of office, commercial and industrial space, it is vital that there be sufficient housing and areas for recreation and leisure. This requires a planning "superstructure" and the cooperation of all the districts involved and the neighboring Berlin districts. We are passionately committed as a member of BER+, the Interessengemeinschaft Umfeld BER e.V. Together, we want to shape the BER environment in an innovative, sustainable and livable way. The "NEOCITY" concept also offers an exciting approach to holistic planning for the region.


What effects do you hope the proximity to the airport will have on your project?

Above all, I hope that the airport can steadily increase passenger numbers in the coming years without any further external crises. Development in the region follows almost automatically from this. My hope is that after TESLA, other international companies will decide to locate in the region.

Which companies/industries do you think would best benefit from locating in the Airport Region and why?

I see great potential for the healthcare industry. German medicine enjoys an excellent international reputation and the airport brings patients from all over the world to the region. The planned international rehabilitation clinic in Bad Belzig is an example of such a project. In order to further promote the location in this area, we are taking part in the next wfbb delegation trip to the Intergrative Healthcare trade fair in New York City and are looking forward to very interesting discussions while there.

Imagine you only have one sentence to convince a potential investor of the advantages of the airport region as a business location, what would you say?

The airport region of the German capital offers lucrative development opportunities for all uses in a research and innovation cluster that is strongly influenced by Berlin and the local Wildau University of Applied Sciences.

We would like to thank Thomas Graf for the interview!