Frequently asked questions
How can I rent or buy accommodation in HafenCity? How green is the district? And what are the responsibilities of HafenCity Hamburg GmbH? Answers to frequently asked questions
The U4 will start operating in September 2012, initially at 10-minute intervals. Inside HafenCity, the Überseequartier and HafenCity University stops are currently under construction. In the medium term, the U4 will also make "the leap over the Elbe".
It is too early to see how the network of cycling lanes will look in HafenCity because they cannot be laid out until the buildings on adjacent private sites are completed. The transport concept provides for three sorts of cycling path in HafenCity.
Living & Working
More than 270 companies had moved into HafenCity by fall 2010. And the number of jobs provided has almost doubled in the past two years. The new city district offers the best conditions for the location of small and medium-size as well as large enterprises.
The price for rental apartments on Dalmannkai works out at EUR 12 to 18 per square meter; for housing cooperatives the price is between EUR 9 and 13.5 per sq. m. Purchase prices for apartments range from EUR 3,000 to 4,500 per sq. m, although exclusive homes close to the water may fetch up to EUR 10,000 per sq. m.
Leisure & Culture
Local supplies are already available to residents and people working locally in Dalmannkai neighborhood and its surroundings. In Überseequartier innovative outlets as well as "normal" supermarkets, drugstores, fashion and accessory shops come up since 2010.
In the new "Schatzinsel" (Treasure Island) playground 850 sq. m play space awaits them; a parents’ initiative also runs an all-weather playhouse. Up and coming soccer players are already training for Störtebeker sports club, while music and sport is on offer in the Katharinenschule premises after school.
In 2011, Hamburg will be visited by 119 cruise ships. Because so many of them make directly for the HafenCity cruise ship terminal, the problem of their emissions was already taken into account in planning of the new city district.
Concepts & Planning
The development of HafenCity is actually giving Hamburgers back a piece of their city - plus generous new spaces along the waterfront. Brownfield sites - areas formerly used by industry - are being transformed into an inner-city district with high-quality amenity value. Furthermore, many private spaces are open for public use.
All buildings in HafenCity are elevated on concrete plinths (German "Warften") at a height of about 8 meters above sea level; even in cases of severe high water, this height will not be reached. Roads and bridges are also being built above the flood-line at least 7.5 meters above sea level.
When the HafenCity project began, the main focus was on topics like sustainability or regeneration of the central former port area where the ground was partially contaminated, as well as the compatibility of housing and port operations. As planning progressed further, new topics followed such as an energy-efficient, climate-friendly heating supply and the development of sustainable building certification.
HafenCity Hamburg GmbH (HCH) is responsible for ensuring the integrated management of Europe’s largest inner-city development. It combines responsibilities for most aspects of development, which means that it is a one-stop shop for potential site owners, as well as users, residents and government departments.
Public financing of major international urban development projects is normally highly complex, e.g. because of mixed financing and the provision of funds from various public levels or, particularly prone to risk, bonds financed by local authorities which are serviced by future tax revenues or by attempts to roll over public responsibilities onto private investors. HafenCity’s financing model, on the other hand, is clear-cut and low-risk.