Investing in BER: Berlin Brandenburg Airport exhibits at the Expo Real

08.10.2012
From 8–10 October 2012, Berlin Brandenburg Airport will be exhibiting at the Expo Real, the 15th international trade show for commercial property and investments, in Munich. Marketing activities will focus on the developments Airport City and Business Park Berlin. Both developments offer potential investors optimum investment and development opportunities at the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport Willy Brandt.

Awards for sustainable building

Two buildings in Airport City will receive awards from the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen) at the Expo Real. Both the Berlin Brandenburg Airport Center (²BAC) and the Steigenberger Airport Hotel will receive a silver DGNB certificate. The ²BAC office block by project developers Fay Project was recognised for its high energy efficiency, the influence of individual users on the respective office climate, the roof greening and the use of emission-free building materials. The 4-star superior hotel developed by ECE picked up points for its high economic and environmental quality, as well as its ideal location in Airport City. From here, hotel guests can reach the airport check-in hall in just a few minutes by foot.

Horst Amann, COO of Berlin Brandenburg Airport: "We became a DGNB member in April this year. When developing commercial space, we place our trust in partners who, like us, are committed to sustainable building. The fact that two projects in Airport City have received awards shows that we are on the right track to creating as eco-friendly an airport as possible."

The DGNB certification system is used to plan and evaluate sustainable buildings, and covers all relevant aspects of sustainable building. Evaluation criteria include environmental, economical, sociocultural and functional aspects, as well as technical, process and site quality, aimed at specific user profiles. If these requirements are met, the building is awarded a DGNB certificate in the categories gold, silver or bronze.

The biggest provider of high-quality commercial space

The airport company is the biggest provider of high-quality commercial space in and around the airport – both in Berlin and Brandenburg. Its portfolio currently comprises a total of 10 areas of development spanning around 2.5 km2 of net building land, which lie both within the airport grounds and outside the security fence and offer varying locational qualities. It is able to offer tailor-made sites for virtually all user groups: besides sites for airport services, areas are also available for offices, hotels, leisure, conventions and conferences, commerce, logistics and light manufacturing.

Harald Siegle, Head of Real Estate Management at Berlin Brandenburg Airport: "BER is not only one of the biggest infrastructure projects in Europe. The traffic arteries of the new airport also create development axes for new urban developments in the capital region. Our aim is to create a long-term development with added value. Which is why we have devised individual user concepts and urban development profiles for our developments based on their specific location right next to the new airport."

Numerous projects have already been developed

Airport City is already in the advanced stages of development. The first properties have already been completed, as have the open and green spaces. The office and service centre Berlin Brandenburg Airport Center (²BAC), developed by Frankfurt-based property developer Fay Projects, is already up and running. The property developer ECE is joining forces with the Steigenberger Hotels Group to build a 4-star superior hotel with 322 rooms and an adjoining conference and congress centre. The hotel will go into operation when the airport opens. Four multi-storey car parks and a car rental centre have also been completed.

Around 41 hectares of the Business Park Berlin have already been sold to investors. A 3-star hotel belonging to the Meininger Hotel Group has already commenced operations, further structural building work is under way. Before the new airport even opens, the first phase of an approx. 17,000 m2 logistics project consisting of commercial units and additional office space will have been completed. The second infrastructure development phase was able to be completed as planned.

The Maintenance Area is being built in the west of the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport. Technical buildings, Fire Station West and two maintenance hangars have already been completed. Investors Harder & Partner built a 12,000 m2 maintenance hangar for the two airlines airberlin and Germania. Six Airbus A319/A320s or two A330s can be serviced in this hangar at the same time. Lufthansa Technik AG built a 6,500 m2 maintenance hangar that offers space for three Airbus A321s. Space for offices, storage and workshops will also be created for both hangars.

The Service Area North development is the service area for air cargo and logistics. The first development stage entailed Dietz AG building a cargo centre for belly freight on an area of approximately 3.3 hectares. The Service Area South development, located to the south-east of Airport City, is being built for companies that work on the airside or are involved in airport operations. Various departments of the airport company, ground handling services, fire service, security services and energy providers, as well as numerous other companies and organisations required for airport operations and airlines operating at the airport, have already located here.

The next steps to marketing and development

There are plans to build a second 3-star hotel in Airport City. The search for investors has already begun, with construction expected to start in 2013/2014.

Construction work is expected to start on other properties in the Business Park Berlin in 2013. PROJECT PI Immobilien AG is planning to develop a hotel and up to four office buildings spanning approx. 16,000 m2 in the entrance area to the Business Park Berlin. The international hotel will be equipped with a conference and congress centre. The office buildings will have a usable area of around 6,000 m2, 900 to 1,250 m2 per floor and a flexible 250 m2 layout.

The Airgate development is being built along both sides of the central access road from the motorway to the airport. The core area of the development is intended for traditional office and hotel use. Two striking 15-storey towers are designed for company headquarters and main offices. Naturally landscaped areas in the north of the development are particularly suitable for basic and further training as well as leisure and recreation concepts. A two-stage planning competition was held in conjunction with the town of Schönefeld. The aim was to create an overall plan for a coherent urban development. The winning design by the young Berlin-based architects Hemprich Tophof provides the basis for the future development plan, an initial draft of which was presented to the public in August 2012. The legal foundations for planning are expected to be in place by 2013 so that investment measures can get under way.

Initial concepts for the Midfield Expo Gardens development, which is being built along both sides of the central access road to the new airport, were developed by the architects at GRAFT. The drafts toy with the idea of contrasting the city and countryside/Berlin and Brandenburg and creating a development with its own distinctive character. The development in the north is dotted with free-standing buildings, embedded in a large landscaped park. Individually designed buildings accommodate representative entities such as commercial representatives or company/national agencies. A direct contrast is created in the form of the southern development with its higher and formal stringency and more pronounced urban density.

More information on real estate prospects

The airport company can be found at the Expo Real 2012 on the joint stand of Berlin-Brandenburg B2.420 & B2.520 in Hall B2. All information relating to the developments and space available at Berlin Brandenburg Airport can be found on our website. For current photos of properties already developed as well as visualisations of future development projects, please visit our Media Centre. A short promotional video on our German website provides a good overview of the investment location BER.
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Berlin Brandenburg Airport

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