Berlin, September 20, 2018. In the presence of the Governing Mayor Michael Müller, the foundation stone was laid today for QH Core, the first sub-project in the future Heidestrasse neighborhood not far from Berlin’s main train station.

  • The future heart of the “Quartier Heidestrasse” and the northern Europacity goes into structural engineering
  • „Mix it like Berlin“: QH Core combines residential, office, retail and restaurant space on approximately 28,700 sqm.
  • Completion of the first building block of the “Quartier Heidestrasse” is scheduled for mid-2020

Berlin, 20. September 2018. In Anwesenheit des Regierenden Bürgermeisters Michael Müller the foundation stone was laid today for QH Core, the first sub-project in the future Heidestrasse quarter not far from Berlin’s main train station.

QH Core will become the heart of the quarter and the northern Europacity as a local supply center as well as a residential and office location where many path connections intersect. It will be a highly frequented and lively place for all residents, visitors and users of the neighborhood. With red brick facades that refer to the site’s industrial past, the building designed by ROBERTNEUN TM Architekten rises up, visible from afar, as the focal point of the Heidestrasse neighborhood.

The ceremony was preceded by a panel discussion on the question “What makes a neighborhood smart?” The Governing Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller, was joined in the discussion by David Martínez García, Project Director 22@ Committee, BIT Habitat – Barcelona City Council, Prof. Raoul Bunschoten, Institute of Architecture at the Technical University of Berlin, Head of the Department of Urban Planning and Sustainable Urban Development, and Thomas Bergander, Managing Director of Taurecon Real Estate Consulting GmbH, which is developing the Heidestrasse neighborhood. The topic was the question of what constitutes smart and sustainable quarters, what role the mix of uses, spatial and traffic planning play and how all these requirements can be met.

The exchange with international partners such as the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology but also the cooperation with universities is of great importance for the Heidestrasse quarter. For example, the project developer Taurecon is planning to integrate new e-mobility concepts in the Heidestrasse quarter in Berlin and is seeking cooperation with research institutions for this purpose.

The Governing MayorMichael Müller said: “Today’s laying of the foundation stone not only marks a milestone for Quartier Heidestrasse, but also sets an important accent for the further development of Berlin. For the new Berlin mix realized in Quartier Heidestrasse points in the right direction in several respects: Berlin will remain fit for the future if it succeeds in mastering complex functional, economic, social and also ecological requirements. People should enjoy living in our city, and we want Berlin to remain attractive far beyond its borders. I wish QH Core and Quartier Heidestrasse as well as the entire Europacity continued success and the people who live and work here all the best in a formative, modern environment.”

Thomas Bergander, Managing Director of Taurecon Real Estate Consulting GmbH, said: “We are pleased that with today the project development Quartier Heidestrasse becomes clearly visible for everyone in the city. What begins with the laying of the foundation stone for the QH Core sub-project is the development of a completely new urban quarter in the center of Berlin. Our goal is to develop the western side of Heidestrasse by 2023 into a vibrant place where people feel at home, whether they work, live or enjoy life in their leisure time here. The success of the neighborhood development is due not least to the good cooperation with the city and the responsible offices in the Mitte district, for which I would like to express my thanks.”

The Heidestrasse neighborhood, located in the northwestern part of Berlin-Mitte in the Europacity area, is being developed as a lively new district consisting of residential and office buildings, commerce, public streets and squares, and green spaces. Cafés, restaurants and mixed-use building complexes such as the QH Core in the center of the quarter create a pleasant, trendy living and working environment. A total of around 268,000 m² of gross floor area (GFA) is planned in the Heidestrasse quarter. One of the ensembles being built is intended exclusively for modern office use. Last but not least, around 920 apartments are being built in the quarter – 25 percent of them as subsidized housing in the sense of the Berlin model of cooperative building land development.

QH Core is expected to be ready for occupancy in mid-2020 as the first subproject of the neighborhood.

Taurecon Real Estate Consulting GmbH was founded by Thomas Bergander. The focus of activities is on real estate due diligence and project development for private and institutional clients. In Berlin, the company is responsible for the project development of Quartier Heidestrasse in Europacity and coordinates the entire planning process from conception to realization and marketing. The services include, among others, the commissioning and coordination of the teams involved, the monitoring of development plans and competitions, and the organization of marketing. For the Wasserstadt project in the Europacity Berlin, Taurecon takes over the controlling on behalf of Adler Real Estate. Taurecon organizes the entire purchasing process for its customers on request.

Quartier Heidestraße GmbH was founded in 2014, the company aims to develop the Quartier Heidestrasse project as part of Europacity into a vibrant urban district. In the spirit of the “Berlin mix”, residential and office buildings, commercial areas, public streets and squares are to be built here. A total of around 175,000 m2 of gross floor area (GFA) of commercial and retail space and around 920 apartments are planned for the Heidestrasse quarter. The managing director of the GmbH is Thomas Bergander.

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