The BER airport operating company has presented the development of the new HORIZN BER CITY district to both the trade experts and the general public. The roughly three-hour kick-off event took place on the site of the future district, only a few minutes’ walk from BER’s Terminals 1 and 2.
Aletta von Massenbach, CEO of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH, hosted the event and emphasized the prime location of HORIZN BER CITY in both the regional and international contexts. In their remarks, Prof. Jörg Steinbach, State of Brandenburg Minister of Economic Affairs, Labour and Energy, and Dr. Steffen Kammradt, Spokesperson of the Board of WFBB, likewise underscored HORIZN BER City’s importance for the region. Ilona Koch, Director of Commercial und Real Estate Management at Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH, outlined the vision for the new district: “HORIZN BER CITY wants to find new answers to the question of how future districts can be successful and flourish long-term. To this end, we have developed key ideas that capture the vision of an economic, ecological, and socially sustainable district of tomorrow: We hope that these key ideas will inspire and motivate, serving as a compass along the forthcoming project pathway.”
In the immediate vicinity of BER airport, HORIZN BER CITY will in the course of the next 20 years emerge as a novel, versatile and climate-friendly urban space. The goal is to rethink urban districts and their commercial use and realize one of Europe’s most central innovation hubs. Alongside use for offices, hotels, and congresses, the district will also be home to future technologies, R&D, and prototyping. Not to mention hospitality, local shops, culture, and Edutainment – all of it embedded in a park with diverse recreational areas and encircled by a cycle track and path. Sustainability, biodiversity, and quality of life all play a key role in the largely car-free district.
The first HORIZN BER CITY development module will be developed in a collaborative approach based on a two-tier concept tender process. Under the heading of “Co-Working, Co-Creating, Co-Developing”, the BER airport operating company is inviting European property, investment, and project development companies and potential partners to jointly devise daring and forward-looking solutions. A digital information event on the HORIZN BER CITY concept tender process is scheduled for 12 October 2023, from 2.30 – 4 p.m.
From their launchpad at BER, the companies relocating to the district will stimulate things in Berlin and Brandenburg and have an emphatic positive influence on the evolution of the entire airport region.