The following are the developments now emerging on the five square kilometer site:
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.