Development of the "Schuckert-Höfe" for New Work, culture, creativity and recreation

Image: BATO Group | Text: BerlinBoxx Business Magazine

BATO Group and HighBrook Investors are working together to revitalize the "Schuckert-Höfe".

On the historical industrial site of the "Schuckert-Höfe", directly at the Treptower Park, a new area is to be developed, which makes the mix of historical, sustainable and creative things tangible and which combines new worlds of work and experience in a unique way.

On a leasable area of around 33,000 square meters, the investors around HighBrook Investors and BATO Group are planning a new center for education, technology, health, research and creative professions; complemented by a public gastronomic offer with cafés and restaurants for future tenants, visitors and the neighborhood. "We have a great opportunity to create something completely new in Treptow - a historic site where new forms of work are combined with culture, creativity and leisure in the most modern way," says Stefan Naumov, Managing Partner of BATO Group, which acts as asset manager and project developer.

The old Schuckert-Höfe embody the capital's industrial history in a very special way: Pioneer of his time and company founder Emil Naglo laid the cornerstone of Elektrotechnische Anstalt with his brothers in 1893. Elektrizitäts-Aktiengesellschaft vormals Schuckert & Co. took over the factories in 1897 and ran the business until it merged with Siemens & Halske in 1903.

In 1904, Feibisch Teppichwerke took over the site for their production. In GDR times around 1950, the publishing house and printing plant of the Free German Trade Union Federation moved to the site, before it was used mainly as an office location from 1992 onwards.

The existing art scene on site also has a future perspective: the artists based there can continue to be offered space for studios and creative work in the long term. Eva Noack, who looks after the 15 artists with Kulturraum Berlin, is pleased that dealings with the owners are honest, cooperative and trusting. A suitable interim solution has been found for the painters, sculptors and other artists for the time of the renovation and upcoming construction work. The common goal is to keep the artists' association on the site in the long term and to integrate it into the new concept for the area. Eva Noack was very pleased about this development. She said it had become clear in the talks that the new owners wanted to develop the project into an exciting and lively place where art and culture would make their contribution. Noack commented, "The artists are looking forward to helping make the project a success for everyone."

The revitalization of the former Schuckert yards fits into a series of construction projects in the "Creative Belt Spree" that are filling the neighborhoods around Treptower Park, starting in Mediaspree along the Spree and extending to Schöneweide, with new life and thus contributing to an overall upgrade. The area plays a central role in this. Not far from the S-Bahn ring and with its proximity to Treptower Park, an exciting destination that can be experienced is being created. The existing buildings are to be lavishly refurbished in line with the requirements of a listed building and the site is to be supplemented with several certified new buildings; smart buildings, a bicycle garage and electromobility are setting the initial course for a more sustainable future.

Involved in this project are various authorities such as the Office for the Protection of Historic Monuments, the Urban Planning Office, the Transportation Office and the Environmental Office, as well as Treptow-Köpenick's District Councilor Dr. Claudia Leistner. The developer emphasizes that "close, joint coordination is of the utmost importance in order to realize this project." The neighborhood and adjacent residents will also be involved. The coordinated cooperation and communication of all those involved are crucial to achieving the ambitious goals. After all, the first tenants are expected to move in as early as 2024, before everything is expected to be completed by the end of 2025.

Source: BerlinBoxx Business Magazine.