Gelsenkirchen – Schalker Verein
Not far from the Gelsenkirchen main railway station lies what is currently the largest commercial and industrial park in the city: the 100-hectare site of the former Schalker Verein steelworks. New quarters with space for industry, commerce and housing are now being created where steel was once produced and worked. The development area is divided into a western section (Gewerbepark Schalker Verein) and an eastern one (Industriepark Schalker Verein). For the western area of the development site the development plan foresees 13 ha of plots sized between 1,000 and 35,000 m² for commercial use, three ha of mixed-use space, including for multi-storey structures, and two ha for residential structures.
An area of around 37 ha is to be regenerated by NRW.-URBAN and the city of Gelsenkirchen, with a focus on production, commercial and residential spaces. From an urban development viewpoint, the new location blends into the surrounding urban districts and is connected to them via green axes. The former ore/coke bunker on the site has also found a new purpose: a private investor has converted the landmark into a solar power plant.
On a surface area of around 5,000 m² one of the largest solar power plants in Gelsenkirchen has been installed, with an output of 355 kilowatt Peak (KWP).
Developed by Saint-Gobain PAM Deutschland in co-operation with the city of Gelsenkirchen, the usage concept for the eastern wing of the Schalker Verein focuses on industrial use in particular. Alongside industrial and logistics areas, the 60 ha site also has designated green spaces. Companies in the Schalker Verein have numerous options for realising halls/buildings for production, distribution, administration and warehousing on spacious plots. In addition, there is also a generous range of open spaces for employee parking and external fixtures. With a width of 1,200 metres, the Schalker Verein Ost is divided into a southern industrial section with a total area of 28.4 ha and a northern section with commercial, wooded and green areas.
Pioneers in the Schalker Verein are on the one hand Nightfever Showtechnik, a specialist for light, sound and media technology, which has established a new company headquarters on a 1,500 m² site in the western section. On the other side, in the Industriepark Schalker Verein Ost Wheels Logistics, a provider of logistics services throughout Europe, has established itself on a 5.6 ha site. Meat specialists Libreco have also established their new location here, on a site of 3.4 ha, together with a Westfalen service station, on a plot of 6,600 m². August 2017 saw ProReServ GmbH open its headquarters in the Industriepark Schalker Verein. In September of the same year the Bilstein Group, a leading global manufacturer of replacement parts for cars and commercial vehicles, announced that it was building a 4.5 ha logistics centre with integrated administration building on the approximately 20 ha site.
Gelsenkirchen is assigned to the Rhein-Ruhr logistics region, with the favourable transport location at the interface of several autobahns, trunk roads and railway lines as well as the connection to the waterways via the Rhein-Herne Canal providing favourable prerequisites for a regional logistics location.