Projekt Update

DUISBURG ON THE WAY TO BECOMING A TECHNOLOGY HOTBED

The City of Duisburg, the University of Duisburg-Essen and GEBAG Flächenentwicklung mbH (GEBAG FE) will jointly develop the planned technology quarter in Duisburg on the Wedau Nord site. The parties involved today signed a memorandum of understanding specifying the common goals and rules of this process.

"The omens have never been so good for the development of the brownfield site into a vibrant technology quarter," said Lord Mayor Sören Link. "The site belongs to our city subsidiary GEBAG, the university wants to center the research-heavy engineering sciences in Wedau, and the city has funds available from the coal phase-out." This is where the most important factors come together to attract new technology-oriented companies to Duisburg through the overall development of the district.

The three partners want to design the area between the Duisburg Sports Park and the large-scale Sechs-Seen-Wedau project in such a way that a place with innovative power is created here. The approved master plan has set the planning guidelines for this. It is planned that in the medium term the engineering faculties and associated institutes will move to approximately 10 hectares of the available space.

Rector Ulrich Radtke sees this as a great opportunity to further develop the University of Duisburg-Essen at the Duisburg location. "Engineering is one of our strongest research faculties. However, the buildings in which our scientists teach and conduct research are now too small and in urgent need of renovation. The fact that we now have the opportunity to build a new, modern campus here is a stroke of luck for us," says Radtke.

The new university campus will have a gross floor area of approximately 90,000 square meters and provide space for 12,000 students and 1,500 employees. The plan is for the university to start its first operations in Wedau in the three listed buildings at the site as early as 2024 Alongside the settlement of the engineering faculty and technology-related companies, the Alte Richthalle of the former railroad repair works forms the heart of this quarter. "As the nucleus of the quarter, the Alte Richthalle is to be a lively place also in the evening hours with gastronomy, leisure and event offers," elaborates Bernd Wortmeyer, managing director of GEBAG FE. Here, an urban place is to be created for the exchange of science and business.

A final component of the quarter is the conversion and subsequent use of three listed buildings. The university plans to conclude a lease agreement with a minimum term of 30 years with GEBAG for the three listed buildings.

The technology quarter is to develop an appeal far beyond the city limits and the region. To achieve this, the UDE and the City of Duisburg are planning to establish a joint company for a technology center. The technology center is to manage the quarter by creating an ecosystem for various fields of expertise and bringing together research, companies and startups.