Just dropping by the office: a city of short distances
Businesses in HafenCity are always quick and easy to reach; it just takes a few minutes to access the district, either from the current city center or from the Central Station. Co-workers benefit from good local transport connections - as well as the multitude of facilities in the direct neighborhood of their offices
Distances are also short inside HafenCity: the appealingly landscaped promenades are more than just short cuts from A to B: people working locally enjoy spending time there in the midday break and after work (© ELBE&FLUT)
HafenCity offers businesses a whole lot of advantages. One condition that clinched a move to HafenCity for many companies – and the development of a number of other qualities – is the excellent accessibility of this inner-city district.
Public transport, for example, brings people on business or working in HafenCity quickly and easily into the area. A range of bus lines run by Hamburger Hochbahn AG already connect it with various parts of the Hamburg urban area. Where the new district meets the existing city center there are stops on the U1 and U3 rapid transit lines. Two new underground stations are being built in the heart of HafenCity for the new U4 underground, which will start operating in the fall of 2012. These services connect HafenCity efficiently via the well-integrated U-Bahn (underground) network with the airport, railroad stations and many residential districts, as well as the center.
Eventually businesses employing a total 45,000 people will have located to the new district; almost 6,000 people are already settled into their jobs. The high frequency of public transport services means that even the large volume of traffic expected can be handled efficiently. However, many people coming to work in HafenCity prefer to walk or cycle. The central position of HafenCity puts it in reach of the existing city center – such as Jungfernstieg – within a few minutes. Once inside the new district, there is a dense network of attractive walking and cycling routes to choose from.
But using a car to travel into the new urban area is no problem either, since the underground car garages can swallow plenty of them. The fact that the Central Station is so close is another plus for business visitors from other cities.
The qualitative surroundings of this new part of town benefit both people working locally and those visiting on business: everything is close by, whether it is bars and restaurants they need, shops or other services, not to mention opportunities to enjoy culture and entertainment. The short distances to HafenCity and for getting around in it also add qualitatively to their work – and a real boost to efficiency.