Aerial view of Berlin Buch (2009)
Buch's history as a centre for healthcare and science has laid the foundations for a successful future. Due to existing synergies with well-known science and healthcare institutions Berlin-Buch is one of the most sought-after sites in the region. The new "HELIOS Klinikum Berlin-Buch", one of the largest and most modern clinics in Berlin, has also been built in the immediate vicinity of the science campus.
Many projects have already been completed: the new Helios Krankenhaus will lead to lasting improvements to in care. As the nucleus of a growing biotechnology industry, the Campus Berlin-Buch with its Innovations- und Gründerzentrums has already risen to occupy a leading position within Germany as a whole.
Development sites at locations that offer many advantages for knowledge-based companies have the best prospects for the future. Such advantages include both "hard" factors such as the available space and the existing infrastructure and "soft" environmental conditions, for example, residential areas and attractive leisure time activities. In Buch these pre-conditions for successful development are in greater supply than elsewhere in Berlin. The district offers top-level medical research with high-quality healthcare services that are recognised all over Germany. It brings together research and biotechnology enterprises and is a residential area within a stone's throw of the both city centre and the surrounding countryside. Buch thus offers excellent opportunities for development.
The Senate Department of Urban Development has presented a Master Plan that provides a framework for the many necessary projects. As an informal planning instrument it gives concrete form to the visions of the future and thus constitutes a basis for harmonising individual projects with the overall plan.
This presentation provides information on what has been achieved to date, the structures and goals and the tasks that currently need to be addressed. The tasks will be translated into concrete plans and projects to aid and support the development in the years to come.
We now need to commit ourselves to implementing the above-mentioned goals and to finding private investments to complement them. This presentation is therefore directed both at urban development planners and the political actors and at investors and interested members of the general public.