Questions and answers about Berlin TXL (as of August 2021)
Here you will find answers to frequently asked questions. Should you wish to have some additional information, please do speak to us. You will find your contact person here.
The following are the developments now emerging on the five square kilometer site:
- Berlin TXL – The Urban Tech Republic, a research and industrial estate for urban technologies with up to 1,000 businesses and 20,000 jobs
- Berlin TXL – Schumacher Quartier, a residential district with more than 5,000 new residential units for more than 10,000 people
- A large nature and landscape space
Berlin TXL – The Urban Tech Republic
From the airport buildings and on the site of their adjoining areas, Berlin TXL, the Urban Tech Republic, is being created – a research and industrial park where technologies for tomorrow's city will be researched, developed, produced, tested and exported. Here is where science and research meet industry and commercial enterprise, and where start-ups meet investors. Six key issues for urban technologies have been defined for the curated site:
- climate-neutral energy systems and the efficient use of energy
- environmentally friendly mobility
- clean water
- the use of new materials for applications such as sustainable construction
- the networked control of systems
The existing buildings have a total floor area of about 200,000 m2. The campus will comprise 39 ha, the commercial belt 70 ha, and the industrial park 82 ha. The total surface area of the Urban Tech Republic covers 211 ha.
Users of the Urban Tech Republic will be start-ups, students and scientists, as well as established companies. Two important anchor tenants already stand confirmed: the Berliner University for Applied Sciences and the Berlin Fire and Rescue Service Academy (BFRA).
Up to 1,000 companies can take residence here; up to 20,000 jobs are to be created.
Berlin TXL – Schumacher Quartier
In the eastern part of the airport grounds and extending a little way beyond will be the 48 ha Schumacher Quartier. This new residential quarter will offer more than 5,000 residential units for more than 10,000 people – including related facilities such as schools, daycare centers, sports and shopping facilities, and lots of greenery. The new district will be the world's largest timber-constructed district.
As a sustainable and socially mixed area, Schumacher Quartier will make an important contribution to the German capital's strategy for residential construction and city development. In a Charter all partners involved have agreed upon seven guidelines for the development of Schumacher Quartiers:
- Urban living spaces
- Housing for everyone
- Urban green space and public areas
- Open educational landscape
- Climate-friendly and water-sensitive urban development
- District with environmentally friendly mobility guaranteed
- Communication, participation, and transparency
Where aeroplanes used to take off, Grün Berlin will develop and operate a unique green leisure and recreation area for Berlin in the coming years. The Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection has entrusted Grün Berlin with the task of taking over the necessary development and safeguarding measures for the Tegeler Stadtheide landscape area. The 150-hectare area encloses the protected transitional area between the new urban quarters in the south and east of the former airport site and the already existing landscape protection areas of Flughafensee and Jungfernheide in the north and west. The aim is to create an open space that brings together nature, life and work in a qualitative and sustainable way.
After taking over the site in August 2021, we will first start with preparatory construction measures, for example, site security or installation of construction logistics. After eliminating any dangerous waste that may be present, the first civil engineering work will start in 2022, as will the restoration and reconstruction work on the existing buildings in the Urban Tech Republic. This is followed by construction of the first residential units and of the education campus in Schumacher Quartier, beginning in 2024.
We are expecting an implementation period of around 20 to 30 years.
The education campus and the first residential buildings in Schumacher Quartier are expected to be finished 2027; the final ones in the 2030s. Construction in the Urban Tech Republic will probably last another ten years, but it may also take less or even more time, depending on the economic situation. The research and industrial site will never be truly "finished" - it will develop and change in an agile manner.
No, that won't happen. Large parts of the existing buildings are listed buildings and will form the nucleus of the future Urban Tech Republic. The iconic ensemble of buildings will be preserved for Berlin. Only lower grade parts without protected status will be removed, for example containers, tanks above ground and such like, or buildings that do not form part of the historic architectural ensemble.
The Berlin University of Applied Sciences will move into the central Terminal A - probably in 2027. Terminal B is planned as a start-up and conference centre. Terminal D will be a technology centre with laboratories, offices and workshops. There are numerous ideas for the tower - but no decision has yet been made about its subsequent use.
Terminal C will probably be demolished. This temporary extension from 2007 is not part of the historical ensemble and is not listed.
All future properties in Berlin TXL are available to investors as part of leasehold estate contracts. In this way, the State of Berlin retains ownership of the properties. Companies and institutions conforming to profile in the field of urban technologies can acquire a leasehold estate contract for properties in the Urban Tech Republic. The ground rent is determined by the type and degree of the future use and the corresponding stipulations of the State of Berlin, as is also the term of leasehold estate contracts.
Half of the area in Schumacher Quartier goes to state-owned housing associations. The other half will be offered, also as part of the awarding of leasehold estate contracts, to housing cooperatives, construction groups, and providers tendering for special types of housing (e.g. student residences). The first award processes start in 2022. Further information on the Schumacher Quarter can be found here: https://www.schumacher-quartier.de/en/get-involved
The landscape area, the landscape park and the district park in Schumacher Quartier are available to the general public. No leasehold estate can be acquired here.
Urban Tech Republic: The first spaces in the existing buildings of the former airport can be rented immediately, parallel to the construction process. Some buildings are still to be renovated before their long-term further use. Rents will be based on the commercial leasing in the respective market situation. In the start-up and technology centers that are being created, the spaces are being made available to eligible start-up companies under more favorable conditions.
Schumacher Quartier: The first residential units are expected to be ready to occupy starting in 2027 and will be leased out by the state-owned housing associations and cooperatives. The proportion of subsidized rents will be around 35-40 percent in the district.
- Bus line 109 will be extended to the new Urban Tech Republic terminus, which is located at the former West Access Control Point. Previously, it also stops at the General Ganeval Bridge for the exit to the Info Point. The route to the Urban Tech Republic stop can be found here.
- Bus lines TXL and X9 will be canceled.
- With continued development of the Urban Tech Republic and Schumacher Quartier, new connections to the Public Transport Network can be expected. A U-Bahn connection is being tested and an S-Bahn junction is planned.
- For the current timetables, please visit: bvg.de
The former Tegel Airport will become a major construction site, which also will have repercussions on its surroundings and the neighborhood. We would like to keep these as small as possible and at the same time we ask for your understanding for necessary measures.
There will be two central construction site accesses: one at the former airport access at Saatwinkler Damm (South Access) and one at Kurt-Schumacher-Damm, approximately located near house number 125 (East Access). Construction vehicles and trucks will drive in and out here.
The site will be searched by us for explosive ordnance. If what is called a 'dud' is discovered, there may be temporary street closures and, if need be, even evacuations in the surrounding area.
Meteorstrasse will be converted into an urban road with new sidewalks and bike paths, grass verges planted with trees, as well as two lanes in both directions. Here also restrictions are to be expected during the construction work.
We will inform you in a timely manner about any upcoming measures.
As part of the Integrated Urban Development Plan (German acronym ISEK), various measures are being implemented for development of the area close to Tegel Airport. You will find more detailed information about this on the website of the Senate Administration for Urban Development and Housing.
Parts of the "TXL North" development area are still expected to continue to be used until 2029 by the Helicopter Squadron of the Executive Transport Wing of the Federal Armed Forces ("Bundeswehr"). Planning is not affected by this. A start on this construction phase is not expected to be made until 2030.
Berlin TXL is being financed from several different public and private sources: From Berlin's budgetary resources, subsidies from the EU and the Federal Government, and the marketing and leasing of premises. In all we are counting on total investments of around eight billion euros, the major portion of which will be private investments.
Tegel Projekt GmbH is a public corporation and awards the contracts as part of public tender procedures that, depending on their size, are published on the stipulated platforms, for example on the State of Berlin's tendering platform. Join in our public tenders - we look forward to working with you!
Quite the opposite: It's rather that the traffic will be lighter and the environment will be freed up. As a comparison: Before the slump in air traffic as a consequence of the Corona crisis, every day there were more than 70,000 people en route to the airport – via the bottleneck that was the airport feeder road. In the future as many as 20,000 people will work in the area and around 10,000 people will live there. In addition, an innovative mobility concept has been developed for Berlin TXL.
After the closure of the Tegel Airport almost 30,000 residential units will be able to be built on the actual grounds and in their extended radius, which will bring considerable relief to the situation in the Berlin housing market. Moreover, in Spandau and Reinickendorf consideration is being given to environmentally protected areas in order to keep the appreciation pressure low after closure of the airport. In addition, the tools of the Federal Government (rent curbs) will take effect here. Furthermore, for the environs of the airport site a plan known as the Integrated Urban Development Concept (German Acronym ISEK) "Berlin TXL Surrounding Area" has been developed. The objective is to network the Urban Tech Republic and Schumacher Quartier as closely as possible with the existing city districts all around.
Not at short notice, with the end of air traffic the area was closed. In 2023, however, we will open our Infocentre in Building V, where you can not only get information, visit exhibitions or take part in events, but also have the opportunity to book the premises for your event. Before that happens, visit our digital Infocentre at www.zukunft-berlintxl.de.
To ensure that many people can enjoy this special place before construction begins, free guided tours are already taking place at the moment. You can find more information about our two-hour outdoor walks on the airport grounds on our website.
Outside of these offers, the area is inaccessible and secured against unauthorised access. As soon as the respective construction phases are completed, the grounds will gradually become accessible to the public.
Grün Berlin GmbH is responsible for the extensive landscape area to the north and west of the Urban Tech Republic. Following the clearance of explosive ordnance and the remediation of contaminated sites, it will gradually open the site to the public over the next few years. Several new access points will also be created for this purpose.
Very many. In addition to the huge landscape zone, access to which will be free, numerous attractive sports and exercise facilities are planned: playgrounds, multi-purpose sports facilities, and fitness and health stations along jogging paths. On the surface of the landing strip and the taxiway there will be a roller derby track, a street skateboarding park, a streetball facility, a bicycle parcours, and a calisthenics parcours, among many other offerings. On the green spaces of the park there are plans for a rock-climbing gym, a soccer field, and an area for frisbee golf, as well as an outdoor fitness area.
All sports and play areas in the district and landscape park will be designed taking into account gender guidelines and with as few barriers as possible in order to promote communal play. As regards sports and playing facilities, shade roofs and seating facilities, picnic tables and informal bleachers have been arranged creating a wide variety of places to meet.