What site is the project to be realized on?
For the most part, we’ll be building the new buildings on the grounds of the current Siemensstadt. However, the gas-turbine factory on Huttenstrasse will also play an important role. As far as content and technologies are concerned, all areas of the business will, of course, contribute – regardless of where in Berlin they’re located.
Why is Siemens starting this project now – at a time when some fields of business are undergoing a massive structural transformation?
It’s correct that we’re currently undergoing a massive structural transformation – in particular, in the market for conventional power generation as well as for oil and gas. This situation leads to some key requirements: For one thing, we need to adapt with speed and agility when markets change. For another thing, we need to place our bets on the right technologies of the future. And we want to meet these needs in Siemensstadt together with external partners.
What are the next steps and when will there be a tender process for the planned construction (architects, urban planners, etc.)?
The urban design competition will lay the groundwork for the subsequent steps.
What role did the City of Berlin play in the decision for selecting a location for these activities?
Berlin is Europe’s “digital capital” and one of its leading startup cities. In addition, with around 1,800 startups, Berlin is home to nearly one-third of Germany’s start-up scene. This positive development offers opportunities for Siemens. And since Berlin is the city in which our company was founded, a new ecosystem of companies and startups, as well as research and scientific institutes, is also to be created there.
We’re taking on social responsibility for Germany’s capital – as a partner to the city, to the scientific community and to the next generation of employees.
Which Siemens Business Units will be part of Siemensstadt? Which technologies will the activities there be focusing on?
In particular, we want the areas of Smart Infrastructure, Gas and Power, and Mobility to be represented at the innovation campus. For these areas, we’ll be conducting research in various fields, including – among others – energy management, the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and data analytics. We’re ready for Industrie 4.0!
How will you be dealing with the topics of infrastructure and broadband access?
We want to create infrastructure that meets the requirements for the year 2030 and far beyond. An integral part of this will be, among other things, ensuring a fast connection to the airport as well as high data transmission rates for Internet access. On these points, we’ve already reached viable agreements with the Senate of Berlin and have held initial talks with the relevant suppliers.
What will the new Siemensstadt be called?
We’ll let you make that decision! After the architectural design competition, we’ll launch a competition in which Berlin’s residents can choose a new name.