Together with the city of Tübingen, we developed a subsequent utilization concept for the area of the former freight yard. The area comprises around 85,000 square meters. The joint objective was to develop a varied quarter for residential and commercial use. In spring 2015, planning permits were established on the basis of the results from a municipal architecture competition.
The space is divided into six courtyards, the West Point, and three commercial construction areas. More than 500 residential units and a daycare center are being created. In addition, more than 14,000 square meters have been earmarked for commercial use.
The West Point is a particularly exposed area of the space and is divided into two building plots that we’ve already sold: an approximately 3,600-square-meter mixed-use area and a plot of around 1,500 square meters. Along with residential and retail units, a seven-story office building is planned for the West Point. Together with the owner of the mixed-use area, we set up an architectural competition for the West Point to achieve a homogeneous urban-development concept; Tübingen-based architecture firm Ackermann + Raff was the winner.
We sold all the residential building plots to developers and construction groups within half a year. Building groups are developing concepts for some of the plots where social housing is being created on more than 10,000 square meters of floor space. We have sold the remaining courtyards and commercial construction areas to developers or, in two cases, sold them to commercial enterprises as extension areas. Aurelis relocated a street in order to enable this expansion. We have also built a sewer overflow channel that conducts water during heavy rainfall.