Basic press informations
Our basic press informations about Überseestadt Bremen inform about one of the largest urban development projects in Europe and provides current figures from the district.
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Überseestadt Bremen: Breathing new life into the old docklands
Bremen, May 2018. From an abandoned port to a bustling “world of possibilities”: Since the early 2000s, the former docklands in Bremen’s western quarter have been under development to create a new “Überseestadt”. Bremeninvest has been commissioned by Bremen’s Senator for the Economy, Employment and Ports to improve infrastructure, successfully put commercial and residential properties on the market, help companies establish their business there and actively provide the various stakeholders in the Überseestadt with the support needed to fill this new district in Walle with life.
The Überseestadt is located exactly where great international cargo ships used to be docked, loaded and unloaded (hence its name as the “City Beyond the Seas”). By the late 1980s, however, the Europahafen and international seaport had failed to adapt to the developments in modern container shipping, leading to several vacancies around the harbour basin. The Senate of Bremen approved a master plan in 2000 to restructure the former docklands to the right of the Weser. The idea was to reclaim the area for urban living and business by creating a new district: the Überseestadt. All local developments are still based on this master plan to this day.
One of Europe’s largest urban development projects
It seamlessly joins the list of outstanding European port regeneration projects and is one of the largest urban development schemes of its kind. Bremeninvest is driving development work over the Überseestadt’s 1km x 3.5km plot of land, and the municipality of Bremen is investing around 350 million EUR through its special budget. Organisers can also count on additional private investments worth around 1 billion EUR. “We expect the Überseestadt and its infrastructure to be fully marketed by 2025”, predicts Andreas Heyer, the Chairman of the Board at Bremeninvest. This is a realistic goal considering the impressive rate of development so far: “The Überseestadt is developing really quickly with great success. There’s still a lot to be done, but the quarter is coming on quite nicely; the figures speak for themselves”, highlights Martin Günthner, Bremen’s Senator for the Economy, Employment and Ports. When the Überseestadt was first put on the market, it had 300 companies with around 6,000 employees; over 1.050 companies with around 16,000 employees are now located there – and this number is on the rise.
The Überseestadt’s location near the city centre is an important factor: It’s just under two kilometres away from Bremen Cathedral, and you can get there by walking along the popular “Schlachte” promenade by the river Weser. As a district in Bremen-Walle, the Überseestadt can be reached directly using public transport, the A27 and A281 motorways, and from Bremen Airport via the B6 road.
The old and the new
The Überseestadt is different from other projects of its kind in that the people of Bremen have opted against a general overhaul, deciding instead to retain the existing port industry while developing new open spaces for a wide range of uses. Out of the total 288 hectares of land, just under 100 were available as new business locations when developments began, and 84,6 hectares have since been put on the market (accurate as at December 2017). The Überseestadt’s redevelopment has breathed new life into its port and logistics companies, its historical storage facilities and sheds, and Bremen’s long-established companies. Its central promenade is formed by the restructured quayside of the Europahafen. June 2011 saw the inauguration of a marina at the Europahafen with mooring facilities for both private boats and passenger ships.
New properties have been under development around the harbour basin since 2003, and they all fit in nicely among the surrounding storage facilities. Elaborate restoration work has also been carried out on several old and listed buildings. Retailers and long-standing companies have been joined in the area by young start-ups. Companies from the cultural and creative sectors have also proven to be a stroke of luck for Bremen’s city planners; they were among the first businesses to become established in the Überseestadt after believing in its potential.
The living spaces, jobs and various other activities available in the Überseestadt accentuate its quality as a “world of possibilities”. The new quarter on the waterfront is characterised by perfect harmony between the past, present and future, the old and the new. A diverse range of restaurants have emerged alongside the area’s retail outlets, workshops and factories, such as Bremen’s first ever distillery for premium brandy and the city’s traditional silverware factory. The district expanded even more in autumn 2013 with the opening of a Steigenberger Hotel and Bremen’s GOP variety theatre; after all, the Überseestadt should excite and attract people outside its normal working hours with innovative office spaces and business rooms and attractive housing, leisure and recreation projects.
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The Überseestadt’s skatepark was built following an extensive planning and participation process. City representatives, specialist planners and local youths all came together to work on the project.
Towering majestically for 12 metres into the skies by the turning basin, the Molenturm has braved the wind and weather for over 100 years.
The Überseestadt is brimming with ideas to give new temporary uses to deserted buildings and spaces, turning former lorry dispatch facilities into film sets and creating the Golden City port bar.
Since the Europahafen marina was opened in summer 2011, Jens Wirdemann has been operating and extending its pier.
There’s an outstanding variety of restaurants in Bremen’s Überseestadt. We’ll take you on a gastronomic tour through the quarter’s kitchens.
The Überseestadt is constantly changing its image: Here is built, there is new development ... We have an aerial photograph from 2004 in addition to a recent photograph from 2016 and compared. At first not much noticed - but then all the more!