RWTH Acquires Campus West Site

29/06/2018

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RWTH Aachen University has now acquired the area surrounding the Aachen West train station from BLB, the NRW Real Estate Agency.

As already announced earlier this year by NRW Minister President Armin Laschet, RWTH has purchased the 170,000 sqm site to further develop RWTH Aachen Campus, a research campus where industrial companies and university institutes work on defined research focuses under a new quality of collaboration and interdisciplinary exchange. It is set to become one of the largest scientific research campuses in all of Europe, featuring ten further research clusters.

RWTH Aachen Chancellor Manfred Nettekoven pointed out that this purchase offers great opportunities for the University: "With this campus we have the chance to develop a research landscape that sets new standards."

Aside from the purchase contract, an additional trilateral agreement between the City of Aachen, RWTH, and the NRW Real Estate Agency has now been signed. It includes specifications about land-use planning, provisions regarding traffic and development zones, as well as fundamental agreements regarding costs.

The partners aim to position Aachen as a preeminent city of science and research. The development of Campus West, which is certainly one of the largest and most important urban building projects in the years to come, plays a central role in this endeavor. As the Lord Mayor of Aachen, Marcel Philipp, said: "We are very pleased that this important project has now taken a significant step forward – we are full of optimism and very much look forward to turning Campus West into reality.”

Source: Press and Communications