The Altona Innovation Park combines science and business in one place. Located in proximity to the German Electron Synchrotron (DESY) and the University of Hamburg, it connects startups with scientists to facilitate the development of new technologies and to drive innovation.
Based in the district of Altona and being home to DESY, the University of Hamburg, the XFEL X-ray laser research facility as well as other scientific institutions, the Bahrenfeld research campus has become one of the world’s leading structural research locations in recent years.
With Science City Hamburg Bahrenfeld, this process will continue into the future. Combining science, research and teaching as well as business and state-of-the-art urban planning, Science City is one of Hamburg’s boldest development projects of the coming decades.
In addition to the DESY facility, the new campus will be providing more than 5,000 chemistry, physics and biology students of the University of Hamburg with the opportunity to live, work and conduct research locally. As part of the project, some 2,500 new residential units as well as cultural and sports facilities alongside social amenities are being developed here.
Flexible leases in the techHHub
The first development phase encompasses the establishment of an integrated technology and startup centre operated by DESY – the DESY Innovation Factory. Comprising two locations, DESY Innovation Factory I & II, one facility will be situated right on the DESY campus in Bahrenfeld and the other one will be housed in the Altona Technology Park at Vorhornweg. The Altona Innovation Park will also be home to the tecHHub centre, a project launched by the City of Hamburg that is currently in the planning stage. Offering plenty of laboratory space, flexible leases and direct access to the local innovation ecosystem, tecHHub will be providing attractive opportunities for companies and spin-offs from the innovation park’s key sectors. In addition to rental spaces, the Altona Innovation Park also offers leasehold arrangements.
As the responsible anchor institution, DESY will ensure that the relevant development projects are aligned with the thematic focus of the research campus as well as other institutes in the Science City. This will contribute to creating a consistent ecosystem that strengthens the ties between research, teaching and innovation.
To meet the urgent need for short-term, flexible laboratory space and to be able to retain and attract incoming talent, tecHHub will be developed using a modular construction approach.