- Start of construction work in City Dock Essen marked with a symbolic ground-breaking ceremony
- An innovative business park being developed in the heart of the Oberhausen, Gelsenkirchen and Bottrop conurbation close to Essen port
- Completion scheduled for mid-2022
Panattoni, the leading project developer for industrial and logistics real estate in Europe, marked the beginning of construction work in City Dock Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, with a symbolic ground-breaking ceremony on 19 January 2022. The festivities were attended by representatives of Panattoni and the general contractor Goldbeck as well as Managing Director of EWG (Essener Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft mgH), Andre Boschem, and the first Mayor of Essen, Julia Jacob.
The modern business park is being developed in the heart of the Oberhausen, Gelsenkirchen and Bottrop conurbation on the 22,300 m² brownfield site of a former training centre. City Dock Essen comprises 10 units in two buildings measuring 8 m high (to bottom of girders) with rental spaces in excess of 1,300 m². The site is located opposite the existing Panattoni Park Essen and is a stone’s throw away from Essen city centre and Essen port. On top of that, it boasts excellent links to the A42, A40, A52 and A2 federal autobahns, the B224 and B223 federal roads and the local public transport network. Essen-Bergeborbeck railway station is roughly 1.5 km away. Panattoni is aiming for Gold certification from the DGNB (German Sustainable Building Council) for the construction work by using sustainable and resource-efficient methods.
“With City Dock Essen, an innovative business park is being created in the heart of the Ruhr Valley. With its modern spaces and convenient location close to the city centre, it provides ideal conditions for a variety of companies. This highlights Essen’s key economic importance in the region and will only enhance it further,” explains Thomas Kufen, mayor of Essen.
EWG Managing Director Andre Boschem had the following to add: “The demand for spaces for small and medium-sized companies in trade and commerce as well as for start-ups has continued to grow in Essen. As such, I am pleased that Panattoni has an additional offering in store for these companies with the City Dock.”
With the ‘City Dock’ concept, Panattoni presents a novel solution for developing commercial areas in urban locations that appeal to a wide range of users with diverse business models. Small and medium-sized companies, light industry, trade and commerce, as well as start-ups, benefit from the spaces’ demand-oriented usability and constant expandability, as well as from excellent connections and infrastructure. Tenants are able to shape the spaces themselves thanks to the flexibility they offer, as they can be expanded or merged in a modular manner with regard to their size and division.
Managing partner at Panattoni Fred-Markus Bohne commented on the start of construction work as follows: “With today’s ground-breaking ceremony, we have reached an important milestone in the development of the business park in Essen. We are pleased that we can offer an innovative concept for urgently needed business spaces in outstanding locations with our City Docks. The economic hub of Essen, with around 200 companies from the fields of industry and production at the heart of the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region, offers attractive and sustainable growth opportunities for a wide spectrum of users.”
This development is the eighth City Dock project that Panattoni has undertaken since 2019. In addition to the City Docks in Berlin Spandau, Falkensee and Marzahn, the developer is also creating four more in Kirchheim, Hilden, Hanover and Leonberg.
Panattoni expects City Dock Essen to be completed by mid-2022.
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