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HafenCity at Expo Real 2018

HafenCity Hamburg GmbH is presenting the full breadth of innovative urban development at Expo Real in Munich. From October 8–10, 2018, Europe’s biggest inner‐city urban development project is the main partner on the Hamburg pavilion (B2.430)

Major decisions on urban planning which and gracefully built neighborhood developments are the determinants that are driving the progress of HafenCity in 2018 (© Stefan Groenveldt)

While HafenCity is on the home straight, new opportunities for urban development in Hamburg are also opening up. The perspective extends towards the Billebogen urban development area and across the River Elbe to the planned development of the new Grasbrook neighborhood, which will take HafenCity’s sustainability and innovation strategies further. But at the moment it is in HafenCity where things are happening fast: 700 new hotel rooms, 800 homes ready for occupation, several large and small businesses moving in, plus a new green park surrounded by water – just a brief summary of the current progress in 2018. Additionally building will have started on a good 1,500 further homes by the end of the year. When the U4 subway stop at Elbbrücken goes into service on December 9, 2018, it will start a new chapter of urban development. The new transport interchange – linked in future to the 235-meter Elbtower and the rapid transit station – lays the foundations for connecting HafenCity even more closely with the whole of the city center and the neighboring districts of Rothenburgsort, Veddel and Grasbrook.

At the same time, new opportunities for urban development are opening up. The perspective extends beyond eastern HafenCity towards the Billebogen urban development area, where a new gateway to the city and room for entrepreneurial ideas are emerging along a 700-meter axis, while on the other side of the River Elbe the planned development of the new Grasbrook neighborhood will take HafenCity’s sustainability and innovation strategies further. Together the three urban development areas represent a large zone of inner-city transformation. It is an expression of Hamburg’s intelligent strategy for growth that significantly strengthens the city’s competitiveness throughout Europe and creates new jobs plus residential and leisure areas for many.

Billebogen: new entrée to the city and urban manufacturing

Billebogen gives Hamburg an additional gateway to the inner city and space for innovative entrepreneurial concepts providing about 10,000 jobs. There could also be up to 1,000 homes here depite the exposure to noise. Billebogen thus strengthens the city’s manufacturing and economic power as well as its waterside open-space development and urban diversity. Billebogen generates strong impulses and has great integrative potential: Located in Rothenburgsort, in Hamburg’s “Mitte” district, it will connect such diverse places as HafenCity, Billbrook, Veddel and the city center in future to form new neighborhoods. So Rothenburgsort, whose urban character was destroyed in World War Two and by reconstruction focusing on transport and industry, will once again become part of the inner city.

One focus of the Billebogen Entwicklungsgesellschaft & Co. KG, a subsidiary of HafenCity Hamburg GmbH, is to redefine the Elbbrücken gateway to the city. A new, integrated entrée to Hamburg’s inner city along a 700-meter axis from Elbbrücken, via the new intermodal rail station to Billbecken harbor basin will be created. New ideas are being developed through an urban development process. The space adjoining the Hamburg arterial highway of Billhorner Brückenstrasse offers great potential through reclaiming traffic areas for development. An oversized freeway intersection could make way for commercial sites in a prime location, with residential uses possible in their lee.

A central opportunity for urban manufacturing comes from widening the focus on the new intermodal rail station. The formerly restricted 11-hectare site between Billhorner Brückenstrasse and Billstrasse will be opened up for diverse use and will finally be able to capitalize on its outstanding proximity to the city center and HafenCity. On the new intermodal rail station site, 2,500 to 3,000 high-quality jobs will be created in commercial buildings of a new type that promise an innovative environment, sustainably efficient spatial structures and highly visible addresses.

Grasbrook: rethinking urban development

A decision to locate the German Port Museum in Grasbrook would give Hamburg’s new urban development project an important early cultural boost. As well as homes, the new Grasbrook neighborhood will offer space for new offices, commercial buildings, research facilities and laboratories. Plans foresee 16,000 jobs, 3,000 homes for about 6,000 residents, plus shopping facilities, a primary school, child daycare centers and sports areas. Existing buildings will also be used here. This urban development project, covering about 46 hectares and with about 880,000 sqm of gross floor area above ground, will be on a scale equivalent to a good third of HafenCity, while 4.9 km of publicly accessible waterfront will be created, combined with attractive green spaces and high-quality public urban areas. A focus on innovation is more important than speed when it comes to developing Grasbrook neighborhood. This holds true for the companies that locate here as well as for its mobility and energy concepts. Following an exhaustive survey and agreement on strategic themes, an urban development plan will be developed on the basis of an urban planning ideas competition. This will be followed by the formal planning process including drawing up the land-use and zoning plans