Altona Innovation Park: an ecosystem for research and development 

The International Science Park in Altona 

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 tecHHub Hamburg


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 Hamburg, 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 Hamburg will be developed using a modular construction approach.

Innovation Park Altona:
Planning data 

Concept: Incubator (tecHHub Hamburg) + commercial space

Anchor institutions: German Electron Synchrotron (DESY), European X-FEL, Fraunhofer IME ScreeningPort, University of Hamburg

Marketable area: approx. 6 ha

Location: Vorhornweg | Luruper Hauptstrasse

Quarter/district: Lurup | Altona

Owner: HIE Hamburg Invest Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG

Technology focus: e.g. life sciences, nano and laser technology, materials sciences, including highly specialised infrastructure

Available for construction: no details

Available for marketing: Expressions of interest can be made now!

Laying of the foundation stone for the tecHHub Hamburg

In the Altona Innovation Park, a forward-looking location for startups and young companies from the life sciences sector is being created in the highly attractive DESY environment.

The building is scheduled for completion at the end of 2023. tecHHub Hamburg offers modern laboratory space and supplementary office space for rent on five floors.

Hamburg Invest is realizing the project on behalf of the Ministry of Economics and Innovation and in close cooperation with the stakeholders around Science City Hamburg Bahrenfeld.

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About Science City Hamburg Bahrenfeld 

Future perspectives 

A large-scale development project is taking shape 

Science City Hamburg Bahrenfeld is one of Hamburg’s most demanding infrastructure projects of the coming decades. For the first time in the history of the city, an integrated development of science, research and teaching, as well as business, working, living, leisure and recreation facilities is being implemented in one place.

Leeway for innovations 

Ample space for promising university spin-offs 

The innovation centre for deep-tech startups is aimed at providing a home for young companies and founders from the fields of physics and biophysics. A floor space of 2,700 square metres will be available for labs, workshops, offices and meeting rooms..                           

Institutions in the Altona Innovation Park 


DESY is one of the world’s leading accelerator centres. DESY’s large-scale facilities help scientists explore the microcosm in all its diversity – from the interplay of tiny elementary particles to the behaviour of novel nanomaterials and the vital processes that take place between biomolecules.

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European XFEL

European XFEL has a length of 3.4 kilometres and generates extremely intense X-ray laser flashes that can be used by researchers from around the globe. The facility is operated by a non-profit limited liability company, the European X-Ray Free-Electron Laser Facility GmbH (European XFEL GmbH).

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University of Hamburg

The University of Hamburg is the largest and most diverse research institution in Northern Germany. The university’s research profile includes excellent basic research as well as application-oriented research and transfer projects.

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Fraunhofer ITMP

Based in Germany, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is the world's leading organisation in the field of application-oriented research. With its focus on key technologies for the future and on utilising its findings across business and industry, it plays a central role in driving innovation processes.

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