The transformation of the site from a research location to a fully-fledged neighbourhood will take place in stages, generally starting from the outside and moving in. The division of the stages will depend on the availability of the buildings in terms of tenancy and their structural state.
In the short to medium term
During the first few years, the focus will be on opening up the site and renewing Rosental Mitte as a business location. A distinctive administrative building will be given a new lease of life and used for the likes of catering services. Buildings on Maulbeerstrasse and Rosentalstrasse that were once residential will again be used for housing. Certain buildings will be demolished to create space for new research buildings and laboratories.
Investing in existing buildings will bring new, modern commercial spaces to the market. The first set of new buildings will create a publicly accessible cluster of educational institutions, including the university and various laboratories.
In the medium to long term
In the medium to long term, usage of the space for business purposes will be gradually expanded to encompass other uses and new open spaces. The new Rosentalplatz will serve as a well-proportioned central public space, with the surrounding ground-floor units being used for relevant public purposes.
Following the long-envisaged decommissioning of the IWB heating and power station, the plant could be converted into a cultural and event space directly on Rosentalplatz. The residential feel of Sandgrubenstrasse will be enhanced by replacing a number of office and warehouse spaces with new housing. In the long term, more high-rise buildings will be constructed with a mix of intended uses that are yet to be defined.