A vibrant core of Bochum city centre
Bochum enjoys a central location. In the centre of Germany, the centre of North Rhine-Westphalia, the centre of the Ruhr region. Companies and investors benefit from this location in several ways: The markets are large, connections fast and networks capable. Today, the economic profile of the city is characterised by IT and IT security, healthcare and production with a focus on engineering and automotive. Bochum also features an attractive city centre and diverse range of services.
Over 364,000 people live in Bochum, the heart of the central Ruhr region. Of these, approximately 6,000 women and men are employed in the fields of science, research and administration. With around 60,000 students, Bochum is the second largest university location in NRW. Bochum is in the top ten for Germany as a whole. Two universities and four universities of applied sciences, the Folkwang University of the Arts and numerous scientific institutes and centres of technology form the impressive academic landscape of Bochum, underscoring the transition of the city to a modern knowledge-based society.
Bochum has much to offer:
- 9 universities and 15 research institutes
- 20 theatres and music venues, including the Schauspielhaus Bochum, the Jahrhunderthalle (RuhrTriennale) and the Anneliese-Brost-Musikzentrum
- 12 museums
- 14 parks and lakes
- 70 restaurants and
- the Bermuda3Eck with over 80 cafés, bars, pubs and restaurants
At the heart of Bochum a commercial quarter is taking shape on Viktoriastraße that will be key to the redesign of the city centre. Known as Viktoria Karree, the quarter cleverly combines multiple uses. On the first two levels new large-scale retail concepts will enrich the shopping experience in the city centre. An underground car park with around 500 parking spaces on two floors offers ample room for customers and businesspeople heading to the new quarter by car. The novel feature: the new parking facilities will be connected to the existing network of underground car parks.
On the upper floors of the Viktoria Karree the investor HBB from Hamburg is creating flexible office space for tenants. Anchor tenant will be Bochum city council. In this way, the Viktoria Karree will also contribute to the preparation of further pioneering urban development projects in Bochum city centre. Gastronomy outlets, further services and a fitness studio round off the new commercial district. In addition, a contemporary hotel also enriches the offers of the Karee.
An intelligent building design was created in collaboration with the renowned architecture office RKW. The urban planning concept of the Viktoria Karree is characterised by its open structure, which settles the building ensemble sympathetically into its surroundings. The openness invites visitors to the city centre to explore the quarter, whilst those who work there benefit from a central and attractive workplace. Construction is scheduled to start in 2020; demolition is already underway.