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HafenCity development – facts and figures
The most important facts and figures about what is currently Europe’s biggest inner-city development project, its varied quarters and land use concepts
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Status: June 2015
With the development of HafenCity on the Elbe waterfront, Hamburg is setting new standards – at least in Europe. On an area of 157 hectares, enlarging the existing city area by 40 percent, a lively city with a maritime air is taking shape, bringing together workplace and residential uses, culture and leisure, tourism and retail facilities, quite unlike downtowns dominated by nothing but offices and shops. What sets it apart from other major urban international development projects on the water is the area’s very central location and the high expectations of quality reflected, for instance, in its fine-grained mix of uses, standards of urbanity and ecological sustainability, and its innovative development process.
After 13 years of construction, HafenCity Hamburg GmbH is well on schedule as far as completion and quality are concerned. With its many shops, cafés and restaurants, the western section is already an urban space with around 2,000 residents and attracts a growing number of visitors. Nowadays more than 10,000 people work in HafenCity as a whole, employed by more than 500 companies, including about 40 larger businesses with space requirements exceeding 1,000 sqm for up to 1,400 employees.
1. Basic data
- Overall area: 157 hectares (ha) on former port and industrial land
- Land area: 127 ha
- Expansion of Hamburg’s city area by 40%
- Gross floor area above ground (GFA): new building ca. 2.32 million sqm
- Almost 7,000 homes for around 14,000 residents and up to 45,000 jobs to be created (approx. 35,000 desk jobs)
- 10.5 km new waterside promenade / 3.1 km riverfront along the Elbe
- Around 28 ha public parks, squares and promenades
- 56 projects completed; 49 projects under construction or planned
- Completed or assured development of approx. 1.2 million GFA through confirmed sales of land or exclusive options (excluding options with planning obligations)
- Investment volume: private investment – around € 8.5 billion; public investment – €2.4 billion, mostly financed from special assets fund sales of plots in HafenCity (around € 1.5 billion)
- General planning basis:
- Masterplan 2000
- Masterplan revision for eastern HafenCity 2010
2. Chronology of development of HafenCity
- 1997: Announcement of HafenCity project
- 1999: Masterplan competition: winner Kees Christiaanse / ASTOC
- 2000: Hamburg Senate approves Masterplan
- 2000: Start of infrastructure measures, site clearance and relocation of businesses
- 2003: Building construction begins on large scale (Am Sandtorkai / Dalmannkai neighborhood)
- 2009: Completion of first neighborhood, Am Sandtorkai / Dalmannkai
- 2010: Presentation and discussion of revised Masterplan for eastern HafenCity (approved 2011)
- 2011: Completion of neighborhoods Am Sandtorpark / Grasbrook (except one residential building) and Brooktorkai / Ericus
- 2012: U4 subway goes into operation
- 2013: Opening of Grasbrookpark
- 2013: Completion of Elbe Arcades
- 2014: Opening of HafenCity University (HCU)
- 2014: Result of architectural competition for western Strandkai
- 2014: New investor for southern Überseequartier
- 2015: Construction of Baakenhafen neighborhood begins
- 2015: Final urban planning competition for HafenCity (Elbbrücken neighborhood)
- 2016: Opening of Lohsepark
- 2017: Opening of Baakenpark
- 2017: Construction of southern Überseequartier begins
- 2017: Opening of Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall
2025–2030: Projected completion of HafenCity (apart from a few buildings)
3. Management of development and HafenCity Hamburg GmbH
In 1997 the Gesellschaft für Hafen- und Standortentwicklung GHS (renamed HafenCity Hamburg GmbH in 2004) was set up to manage the development of HafenCity. It is responsible for the “special city and port assets” fund, which holds land owned by the City of Hamburg on the site of HafenCity. Proceeds from sales of this land go to finance most of the public investment here, particularly roads, bridges, squares, parks, quays and promenades. In addition to its financing responsibilities, HafenCity Hamburg GmbH also prepares and clears sites, plans and builds public spaces (roads, squares, parks, promenades) and public infrastructure, acquires and contracts real estate developers and larger users, and provides public relations and communications services.
HafenCity Hamburg GmbH develops innovative approaches to urban development particularly with regard to urban character and sustainability. Sustainability innovations include new approaches to heat supply, a tailor-made certification system for buildings, sustainable mobility concepts, flood protection and the development of a sustainable urban structure.
HafenCity Hamburg GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, developing HafenCity at its behest. Public supervision, cooperation and division of responsibilities is intensive: by concentrating non-official functions in a dedicated company spreading the workload and management, Hamburg is able to ensure the efficiency and quality of its urban development responsibilities, while retaining a high degree of public control.
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HafenCity Hamburg will be exhibiting again this year at MIPIM in Cannes, one of the world’s most important commercial and residential real estate fairs. From 11 to 14 March 2014 HafenCity Hamburg GmbH will be the main representative of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg on the joint stand for the whole of the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. Its presentation will include sustainable growth, with nine projects getting under way in 2014 alone on some 180,000 sqm gross floor area (GFA), accounting for an investment volume of around EUR 650 million. At the same time HafenCity’s development trends are becoming clearer and clearer – it is growing more diverse, younger and more creative.
more than 2,500 homes/apartments planned or under construction
HafenCity Hamburg GmbH is present once again this year at Expo Real in Munich. With almost 40,000 visitors and some 1,700 exhibitors, it is one of the world’s leading commercial property fairs. Between 7 and 9 October 2013, HafenCity, lead partner on the shared stand of the City of Hamburg and state of Schleswig-Holstein, will not only be presenting the next important development steps in central and eastern HafenCity but also spotlighting the many high-quality residential building projects. A total 2,500 apartments are currently planned, under construction or being put out to tender in HafenCity. At the same time, the diversity of HafenCity is increasing.
Sustainable development into a city for the 21st century
HafenCity Hamburg will make its next major and farsighted strides in 2013. Large green spaces are taking shape, the development of sophisticated residential plans begins, and other substantial projects in the centre, such as the Elbarkaden and HafenCity University, will reach completion during the year. And as HafenCity sets standards for the future through its unusually sustainable brand of urban development – the metropolitan feel of Europe’s largest inner-city development scheme grows.
from 8-10 October in Munich
Once again HafenCity is presenting itself at the largest B2B trade fair for commercial real estate in Europe, the EXPO REAL in Munich. Around 1,700 exhibitors from more than 30 different countries and around 37,000 visitors take part with the aim to network, gain market orientation and valuable business contacts. A large stand will also represent other urban development projects in the City of Hamburg.
SPIEGEL publishing house achieves gold sustainability award
Another large building in HafenCity - the SPIEGEL publishing house - has been awarded the Ecolabel for exemplary sustainable construction. After scrutiny by external assessors, the modern media building on Ericusspitze received final certification with the HafenCity Ecolabel in gold. The award was handed over to the building’s proprietor Robert Vogel GmbH & Co. KG by HafenCity Hamburg GmbH.
Baakenhafen open space competition decided
The picture emerging of Baakenhafen neighborhood, a highly attractive new residential and leisure quarter wedged between the Elbe River and the largest harbor basin in HafenCity Hamburg, is becoming ever clearer. In a competition to plan the open spaces, 29 top European planning teams submitted detailed concepts for squares, promenades and special leisure spots in this eastern HafenCity quarter. The jury was won over by the multifunctional, public open spaces with their potential to develop identity of place in the prize-winning concept entered by Atelier Loidl (Berlin) – especially the design of the green play and leisure island in Baakenhafen. All designs entered in the contest are on show until 28 May in an exhibition in HafenCity. Development of the new neighborhood is under way.
New program items and new participants
HafenCity’s program of events for the summer is about as varied as the city district itself. From June 3 through August 26 2012, HafenCity will be transformed into a public open-air stage for the ever-popular series of “Summer in HafenCity” events. The area’s many waterside squares and promenades provide an inviting open-air backdrop to a changing program – this year including new program items and new participants.
HafenCity and the International Building Exhibition (IBA Hamburg) show their innovative projects at the Hanover Trade Fair 2012
Hamburg’s two major municipal developments are being presented as ‘lighthouse projects’ in the Metropolitan Solutions special exhibition at the Hanover Trade Fair. The object of the exhibition, entitled ‘Stadt neu bauen’ [‘Rebuilding the city’], is to initiate an international dialogue on intelligent municipal growth, as well as encouraging people to visit Hamburg for the IBA Presentation Year in 2013.
A shared exhibition in the European Parliament is showcasing Hamburg’s two high-profile urban development projects. Invitations to attend the opening have gone out from EU MP Birgit Schnieber-Jastram to members of parliament, EU Commission representatives and town-planning and architecture experts.
March 6-9 in Cannes
Once again HafenCity is presenting itself at the leading international real estate exhibition in Cannes where around 4,000 investors from 90 countries and around 19,000 participants meet up for four days. In addition, a large stand will represent other urban development projects in the City of Hamburg. Altogether 407 cities from all over the world are being presented at the show.
Gold sustainability accolade for Unilever building
The first building in HafenCity has been awarded the Ecolabel for exemplary sustainable construction, following preliminary certification. The Unilever building on Strandkai has received the HafenCity Ecolabel in gold, subsequent to external validation. The award will be presented to the owner of the building, RREEF Investment GmbH, and project developer HOCHTIEF Projektentwicklung GmbH, in the present of Unilever’s management and entire staff.
Störmer Murphy and Partners win architectural competition launched by ECE
Hamburg-based ECE plans a new project in Elbtorquartier at the heart of HafenCity called the Intelligent Quarters. The site is adjacent to the Elbe River, between Magdeburger Hafen basin and the future Hafen City University (HCU). Visible from afar, a 70m office building is to be built on the waterfront in Elbtorquartier, together with two more buildings, to will include homes and ground-floor publicly accessible uses.
Green and yet metropolitan – that was the image HafenCity presented in Green Capital year 2011. Through an abundance of completed construction ventures and building projects, Hamburg’s newest city district has positioned itself successfully in many different respects as a sustainable yet urban city development project.
10.06.2011 - HafenCity "bridge-building": First mayor Olaf Scholz opens festivities at Magdeburger Hafen
Now that realization of the western neighborhoods is more or less complete, the development of HafenCity has arrived in its center. On 10 and 11 June, a big public celebration marks the opening of the new squares, promenades and bridges around Magdeburger Hafen. The idea behind the event is "bridge-building" since the new central area around Magdeburger Hafen bridges the gap between HafenCity and the existing city center. Now the Inner Alster and Magdeburger Hafen are only 900 meters apart and can be quickly and easily reached on foot via the central "Domplatz Axis" in just minutes. The first mayor of Hamburg, Olaf Scholz, opened the bridge with official celebrations on 10 June.
The HafenCity InfoCenter in Kesselhaus now also has a "green" branch. Since May 2011 the Osaka 9 Sustainability Pavilion on the Magdeburger Hafen promenade has been bringing HafenCity’s sustainability themes alive. The 120 sq.m exhibition space provides a compact overview of the most important topics of ecological urban development.