The new use of the Wedau-Nord site is approaching another milestone: In September, the new urban planning framework will be on the agenda of the Duisburg City Council. The new master plan was drawn up by Frankfurt-based AS+P Albert Speer + Partner. It follows the framework planning originally adopted for the area by the Dortmund office plan lokal. A first framework plan, which was developed in connection with the framework plan for the 6-Seen-Wedau area, envisaged a purely commercial use of the area - however, this plan was not pursued further by GEBAG after the purchase of the land. Since a primarily university use of the area is planned in the future, a new urban planning framework was necessary.
The approximately 30-hectare site is immediately adjacent to the north of the 6-Seen-Wedau urban development project area. It has been owned by GEBAG since 2019, and since the beginning of the year the site has belonged to its subsidiary GEBAG Flächenentwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (GEBAG FE), which is also developing the site.
The planned area is to be developed as a state-of-the-art, future-oriented research, technology and innovation quarter. One of the main users in the future is to be the University of Duisburg-Essen, which intends to locate the Faculty of Engineering at the new site. In addition, various variants for the future-oriented inner and outer traffic development of the site are currently being examined.
The future interlocking of university facilities, modern private technology and research companies in the project area will enable mutual knowledge transfer and complement each other. The aim is to attract, for example, research and development companies, start-ups, spin-offs, co-working space operators, as well as uses by technology companies without a direct university connection. "The fact that we can independently develop an area of this size and location is something we have worked hard to achieve. Together with the city council, we will now create the framework for a neighborhood to emerge here with charisma far beyond the city limits," says Mayor Sören Link.
Among other things, the new framework plan envisages that the straightening halls of the Ausbesserungswerk will be retained and used as the centerpiece of the new campus. Other public facilities and uses, such as a library, a refectory or gastronomy in central locations are also planned. "The former marshalling yard with mending plant in Wedau is one of the most important development sites in Germany. The Council's decision on the new outline planning is a decisive step in securing a sustainable development of the area. With the University of Duisburg-Essen, we have a strong partner who wants to breathe new life into the area," says Bernd Wortmeyer, Managing Director of GEBAG.
Current planning assumes that the development plan will take legal effect probably at the end of 2024. Completion of the overall project is not expected before 2030.