Hamburg – a city on the move

Joint Hamburg stand with 25 exhibitors at MIPIM Cannes

The Hamburg Metropolitan Region will be featured at the upcoming MIPIM in Cannes, Southern France, from 13 to 16 March 2018. At MIPIM, the world’s largest property trade fair

Hamburg – a city on the move

Hamburg will be presenting itself as Germany’s leading urban development city – for no other city in Germany boasts such a broad range of large-scale urban development projects. At the joint Hamburg stand, 25 partners will be providing insights into the latest projects and innovative services from the region.

Dr Rolf Strittmatter, managing director of Hamburg Invest, comments: "Our concept is proving successful: the Hamburg stand has evolved into a platform for urban development and innovative ideas and projects. We are delighted to see that this approach is enjoying such great popularity." On behalf of the Hamburg Senate, Dr Dorothee Stapelfeldt, Hamburg’s Senator for Urban Development, will be attending the MIPIM 2018 to present municipal development projects, talk to investors and engage in dialogue with representatives from other European cities. As part of this dialogue, stakeholders e.g. from Oslo and Marseille, Hamburg’s twin city, will be meeting up with Hamburg representatives to discuss current challenges in urban development.

A wealth of urban development projects

When talking about Hamburg and its urban development projects, it is of course HafenCity Hamburg that first comes to mind. Together with the adjacent Billebogen urban development zone and the Grasbrook port district, the HafenCity constitutes an urban transformation area that comprises some 250 hectares. With different focal points for each development sphere, the project aims to provide answers to a number of key questions relevant to cities of the future. Other exciting urban development projects include e.g. the Oberbillwerder quarter in Hamburg’s east and the Quartier Mitte Altona project in Hamburg’s west.

HafenCity Hamburg

HafenCity Hamburg, Europe’s largest inner-city urban development project, is nearing completion. The opening of the new U4 underground station at the Elbbrücken in December 2018 will certainly ring in a new era in city planning: the HafenCity’s new traffic junction will bring the HafenCity district even closer to Hamburg’s city centre, while at the same time enhancing integration with the neighbouring quarters of Rothenburgsort, Veddel, and Grasbrook. For the City of Hamburg, this is going to open up entirely new opportunities.


The Elbtower Hamburg, which will be situated in the heart of Hamburg’s port, will mark the grand completion of the HafenCity development project. What is more, it will also serve as an interface between Hamburg’s city centre on the one side and the development zones of Billebogen and Grasbrook on the other. And yet the Elbtower is not meant to be an architectural diva; it is not seeking to be spectacular – instead, the sleek, elegant building will provide exciting perspectives from all directions, while at the same time engaging in dialogue with its immediate vicinity.

The tower will be built on an almost triangular plot of land – directly on the historic Elbbrücken and amidst major infrastructure (tracks and roads). Resting on a broad triangular base construction that will comprise four to five floors, the tower will rise steeply into the sky. The building’s sculptural shape is attributable to the interplay of its concave contours. With a height of 235 metres, the Elbtower will soon serve as a distinctive focal point in Hamburg’s city centre. Construction works may begin as early as 2021, with a potential opening date in 2025/2026.


Just opposite the eastern part of the HafenCity district, an entirely new quarter is being developed. Spread over 46 hectares, the Grasbrook port area will link up Hamburg’s city centre with the Elbe islands of Wilhelmsburg and Veddel. As well as providing room for office spaces, commercial properties, research facilities and labs, the Grasbrook quarter will also include housing. There will be an estimated 16,000 work spaces and 3,000 residential units for some 6,000 locals, in addition to retail opportunities, a primary school, and several childcare facilities.


The Billebogen development zone will connect Hamburg’s east with Hamburg’s inner city and provide room for innovative enterprises, with some 10,000 work spaces to be made available. In addition to the 11-hectare area around a new intermodal rail station (“Neuer Huckepackbahnhof”), which will open up new opportunities for urban production, the Billebogen will also provide enhanced access to Hamburg’s city centre via a 700-metre corridor between the Elbbrücken, the Huckepackbahnhof, and the Billebecken.


Oberbillwerder is Hamburg’s second largest urban development project just after the HafenCity project. It aims to create a new urban quarter with lively neighbourhoods and great diversity in terms of living, working, education, culture, leisure, recreation and sports. In addition, Oberbillwerder will serve as a model quarter for the Hamburg Senate’s “Active City” strategy, which is dedicated to promoting sports at all levels of society.

Other urban development projects

Hamburg boasts more ongoing development projects than any other city in Germany. Once completed, these will provide thousands of new residential units for the growing city of Hamburg. Projects include e.g. HafenCity Hamburg, Quartier Mitte Altona, the Pergolen District at the Stadtpark Hamburg, the development of Hamburg’s south (“Leap across the Elbe”) and Hamburg’s eastern peripheral districts along the River Elbe and the River Bille, as well as the noise protection structure over the A7 motorway. Over the coming years, about 5,000 centrally located residential units will be built on the Elbe island of Wilhelmsburg alone. The project is aimed at reuniting neighbourhoods that are currently segregated by a four-lane road.

Local public transport

A growing city requires growing infrastructure too. Hamburg is currently developing its local public transport system e.g. by expanding the underground network. In the HafenCity district, another 1.3 kilometres are being added to the U4 line, and the new station will be operational from late 2018.

Moreover, an entirely new underground line, the U5, is in the planning stages and will enhance connectivity for those quarters outside the city centre that are currently reachable by bus only. First and foremost, the new line is intended to serve as a radial link between the city centre and the suburban areas of Hamburg’s northwest and northeast.


The following exhibitors will be present at this year’s joint Hamburg stand at the MIPIM: Angermann Investment Advisory AG, APOprojekt GmbH, Becken, Dr. Helmut Greve Bau- und Boden AG, Drees & Sommer GmbH, ECE Projektmanagement G.M.B.H. & Co. KG, EDGE Technologies powered by OVG Real Estate, EUROPA-CENTER AG, Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg Landesbetrieb Immobilienmanagement und Grundvermögen, Grossmann & Berger GmbH, HafenCity Hamburg GmbH, Hamburg Invest, Hamburger Sparkasse AG, HANSAINVEST Real Assets GmbH, HSH Nordbank AG, IBA Hamburg GmbH, IntReal International Real Estate Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH, LIP Ludger Inholte Projektentwicklung GmbH & Co. KG, MOMENI Immobilien Holding GmbH, Procom Invest GmbH & Co. KG, Quantum Immobilien GmbH, Rheinmetall Immobilien GmbH, Robert C. Spies Gewerbe und Investment GmbH & Co. KG, VITZTHUM Projektmanagement GmbH as well as Warburg-HIH Invest Real Estate GmbH.