Bottrop

Bottrop: quality living in the north of the Ruhr district

Bottrop, an administrative district in its own right with a population of over 121,000, is situated in the northern part of the Ruhr district. The high proportion of agricultural and forestry areas in the northern part of the city with its extensive network of hiking, cycling and riding tracks is a sought-after residential location. The southern suburbs still feature historical miners' estates, relicts of Bottrop's past as a mining town with a garden city's structure and positive atmosphere. The Tetraeder, an accessible landmark of steel piping and casting, is both the trademark of the city and a symbol for the structural transformation of the region as a whole.

Logistics centres for a strong economy

Bottrop's economic structure is characterised by small to medium-sized businesses, mainly from the retail and services sectors. The manufacturing sector is represented by mining and environmental technologies, the engineering, food, beverages and tobacco, and the chemical and wood processing industries. Logistics centres have also been attracted by the outstanding transport infrastructure.

Bottrop is InnovationCity Ruhr

With the "InnovationCity Ruhr" the Initiativkreis Ruhr has established a model project that is unique of its kind worldwide. The plan is to convert a district typical of the Ruhr region or an entire city into a low energy city. With the use of new technologies, the idea is to halve energy requirements in this city or district by 2020. For this to succeed it is necessary to implement tasks such as renovating the entire building stock to energy efficient standard and constructing new buildings to the state of the art. Innovative technologies will ensure low-CO2 energy generation, with modular and energy-efficient transport systems providing environmentally-friendly mobility.

In November 2010, the city of Bottrop was chosen as winner of the contest. Especially the aspect of "social city" in Bottrops concept convinced the jury.

Four areas of expertise

With the further development of its expertise in the fields of chemicals, energy, the health sector and leisure industry economic development is striving to raise the attractiveness of the Bottrop location as a place for companies and co-operation partners to locate to. In the health sector the hospitals represent an innovative focal point. A clinic for vascular surgery and a clinic for proctology are acclaimed far beyond the borders of the city itself. In the expertise area of energy the city has turned to hydrogen: as the first city in the region it is to use hydrogen as an energy source in the scope of a European collaboration involving two specialised vehicles. A hydrogen extraction facility is due for completion in the south of Bottrop by the end of 2008. Further measures for the establishment of hydrogen technology are also planned.

Promising prospects

Bottrop has equipped itself well to face future challenges, with needs-optimised commercial sites developed. For example, a new commercial site is being developed in the east of Bottrop on the current B224 road – soon to be expanded to become the A52 autobahn – offering direct access to the autobahn.
The existing industrial park at the Schwarze Heide commercial airport is to be augmented with the addition of a new intermunicipal commerce park for aviation-related companies. The site is an interesting one for companies that offer airport-based services and products and that wish to benefit from the runway at Schwarze Heide, the extension of which is shortly to be undertaken. Further interesting commercial sites are also available or will become so in the short to medium term.

Sport and leisure

The fascination of Hollywood has come to Germany. The movie and entertainment park, Movie Park Germany, covers an area of 45 hectares, providing unique entertainment with exciting shows and a large number of attractive rides, rollercoasters and shows. Next door, the Haus Beck moated castle is surrounded by a leisure park, providing lots of entertainment especially for young visitors. Many visitors are also drawn to the world’s longest indoor ski slope, the 640-metre-long Alpincenter. In addition to various play areas, the Revierpark Vonderort also offers brine baths with a large sauna and wellness area. The nature landscapes of the Kirchhellener Heide heath land and Köllnische Wald forest offer 100 kilometres of signposted cycling and hiking trails, as well as 23 kilometres of riding paths. The Jacobi sports and games area offers attractions including golfing, with a golf club situated in Bottrop-Kirchhellen. In addition to the traditional gliders, motor aviation has also expanded at Schwarze Heide commercial airport. In addition, Bottrop is also home to state and national centres of excellence for billiards, karate and volleyball.

Logistics centres for a strong economy

Bottrop's economic structure is characterised by small to medium-sized businesses, mainly from the retail and services sectors. The manufacturing sector is represented by mining and environmental technologies, the engineering, food, beverages and tobacco, and the chemical and wood processing industries. Logistics centres have also been attracted by the outstanding transport infrastructure.

Bottrop is InnovationCity Ruhr

With the "InnovationCity Ruhr" the Initiativkreis Ruhr has established a model project that is unique of its kind worldwide. The plan is to convert a district typical of the Ruhr region or an entire city into a low energy city. With the use of new technologies, the idea is to halve energy requirements in this city or district by 2020. For this to succeed it is necessary to implement tasks such as renovating the entire building stock to energy efficient standard and constructing new buildings to the state of the art. Innovative technologies will ensure low-CO2 energy generation, with modular and energy-efficient transport systems providing environmentally-friendly mobility.

In November 2010, the city of Bottrop was chosen as winner of the contest. Especially the aspect of "social city" in Bottrops concept convinced the jury.

Four areas of expertise

With the further development of its expertise in the fields of chemicals, energy, the health sector and leisure industry economic development is striving to raise the attractiveness of the Bottrop location as a place for companies and co-operation partners to locate to. In the health sector the hospitals represent an innovative focal point. A clinic for vascular surgery and a clinic for proctology are acclaimed far beyond the borders of the city itself. In the expertise area of energy the city has turned to hydrogen: as the first city in the region it is to use hydrogen as an energy source in the scope of a European collaboration involving two specialised vehicles. A hydrogen extraction facility is due for completion in the south of Bottrop by the end of 2008. Further measures for the establishment of hydrogen technology are also planned.

Promising prospects

Bottrop has equipped itself well to face future challenges, with needs-optimised commercial sites developed. For example, a new commercial site is being developed in the east of Bottrop on the current B224 road – soon to be expanded to become the A52 autobahn – offering direct access to the autobahn.
The existing industrial park at the Schwarze Heide commercial airport is to be augmented with the addition of a new intermunicipal commerce park for aviation-related companies. The site is an interesting one for companies that offer airport-based services and products and that wish to benefit from the runway at Schwarze Heide, the extension of which is shortly to be undertaken. Further interesting commercial sites are also available or will become so in the short to medium term.

Sport and leisure

The fascination of Hollywood has come to Germany. The movie and entertainment park, Movie Park Germany, covers an area of 45 hectares, providing unique entertainment with exciting shows and a large number of attractive rides, rollercoasters and shows. Next door, the Haus Beck moated castle is surrounded by a leisure park, providing lots of entertainment especially for young visitors. Many visitors are also drawn to the world’s longest indoor ski slope, the 640-metre-long Alpincenter. In addition to various play areas, the Revierpark Vonderort also offers brine baths with a large sauna and wellness area. The nature landscapes of the Kirchhellener Heide heath land and Köllnische Wald forest offer 100 kilometres of signposted cycling and hiking trails, as well as 23 kilometres of riding paths. The Jacobi sports and games area offers attractions including golfing, with a golf club situated in Bottrop-Kirchhellen. In addition to the traditional gliders, motor aviation has also expanded at Schwarze Heide commercial airport. In addition, Bottrop is also home to state and national centres of excellence for billiards, karate and volleyball.