Another step towards the complete relocation of HTW

Oberschöneweide is the future for the University of Applied Sciences (HTW): Berlin’s largest university of applied sciences has long been striving to move completely to the Wilhelminenhof campus there. A large part of the university is already in place. Now there are also the first plans to build important missing buildings.

This was announced by HTW President Carsten Busch in the House of Representatives Science Committee, where the state of affairs on the Oberschöneweide campus was discussed earlier this week. “There is still room in Oberschöneweide, we see ourselves as part of the transformation process,” said Busch.

The area is an old industrial complex – along with the Adlershof and Tesla campuses, it is expected to constitute a large innovative location in the south-east of Berlin, as is Siemensstadt in the northwest. This vision was described not only in the House of Representatives by Busch and Oliver Igel (SPD), mayor of the Treptow-Köpenick district, but also by several MPs.

A planning solution was found for two of the three distinctive buildings. The Senate must deal with the financing now, Busch said. HTW intentionally plans to be “smaller and cheaper” to enable implementation. He called on Science Senator Ulrike Gote (The Greens) to secure funding as soon as possible: buildings will only be more expensive with each Senate waiting day.

HTW CEO Carsten Busch at the Wilhelminenhof campus in Oberschöneweide.
© Kitty Kleist-Heinrich TSP

The largest project is the “Center for Innovation and Technology Industry 4.0” (ITZ 4.0). The state-owned company Wista, which is responsible, among others, for promoting business and innovation, and runs the Adlershof campus, is also interested. Now HTW and Wista want to use half of the mall.

Construction for which the district has reserved a plot of land would cost between 50 and 60 million euros, Busch said. Half is generally available through GRW funds, which are funds provided jointly by federal and state governments to improve regional economic infrastructure. The responsible economic administration has already promised.

Upon request, the economic administration confirmed that it perceives projects promoting cooperation between science and business and strengthening the innovative potential of a business location as “fundamentally positive”. Due to ITZ 4.0, the economic administration was able to subsidize the costs of the start-up center and in fact considered EUR 30 million for the possible use of GRW funds in the previous coordination with Wista. However, the financing decision depends on finalized project plans.

HTW is open to private investors

The other half must be raised by the scientific administration. HTW could make a proposal here to speed up planning, Busch said. It is also open to private investors.

The second building block is the Spreeknie technology and start-up center, which HTW has already taken over from the district. This could be extended “without taxpayers’ money,” said Busch. As soon as the university is able to move into these buildings, it wants to quickly free up a place at its former second location on Treskowallee in Lichtenberg. The University of Economics and Law and schools could move there – even if the Lichtenberg County has not yet decided on the future of the area.

Senator Gote has promised to support the plans. Given Berlin’s tight financial situation, the right approach is to tackle the whole move in a few small steps: “The financing of the individual components remains a feat of strength.” I hope we can get it started together. “

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