New projects are enhancing the Analytics network of competences at Adlershof: Now the Landeslabor Berlin-Brandenburg is locating in the City of Science

04. October 2017

New projects are enhancing the Analytics network of competences at Adlershof

Now the Landeslabor Berlin-Brandenburg is locating in the City of Science

Landeslabor Berlin-Brandenburg

Landeslabor Berlin-Brandenburg

It’s a new development that will significantly boost the technological field of Analytics in Adlershof: in 2019, 300 of the 500 employees of Landeslabor Berlin-Brandenburg will move to the City of Science following the federal states’ decision to pool activities at Adlershof and Frankfurt/Oder. So far, operations have been dispersed between five locations. For Adlershof, this relocation is of utmost significance.

The bi-state laboratory, as it should be properly called, will conduct analyses of foods, drugs, chemicals as well as animal epidemics. It will settle in an environment equipped with a well-developed infrastructure for analytics: in Adlershof, roughly 100 companies and research institutes are already active in this field, among them important institutions such as Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Humboldt University’s Departments of Analytical Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry, and BAM, short for Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung.

On a total of four floors and with a gross floor area of 22,800 square metres, Hochtief building group are currently constructing the building designed for Landeslabor Berlin-Brandenburg. Once completed, it will be let to the Federal State of Berlin. The building will be home to state-of-the-art laboratories of various security levels, offices, a library, and a cafeteria. Apart from the attractive existing networks, it’s the easy access to Berlin and Brandenburg’s City of Science that has played a vital role in selecting this particular location.

Dr. Wolfgang Weber, Managing Director of ifp Institute for Product Quality, enthuses over the convenient location: The local train is only a five-minutes’ walk away. By car, the motorway can be reached within five minutes, the airport within 15 minutes. In Weber’s institute, 300 experts conduct ingredient analyses on behalf of food manufacturers, caterers and pharmaceutical companies across the globe.

The ifp first moved to Adlershof a decade ago. In the autumn of 2017, the institute’s third block on Wagner-Régeny-Straße was completed, adding an additional 6,675 square metres of extra floor space allowing for more laboratories, more possibilities, more jobs. Dr. Weber explains: “As a location, Adlershof offers the best conditions for growth and new business activities.” A food engineer himself, Weber had founded the original institute in Berlin-Steglitz in 2004, soon realising the need to expand. Parts of the staff were moved to Adlershof before the entire institute eventually followed in 2015.

Having started operations on Richard-Willstätter-Straße as little ago as 2015, the BAM is planning to expand as well. On more than 5,000 square metres of floor space, the new building will house not only technologically most advanced laboratories and engineering rooms, but also a metal-free cleanroom for materials research unique throughout Europe. Moreover, in the future BAM intends to use an area of a total of 3,217 square metres on Ernst-Ruska-Ufer adjoining their present premises. The plot in question will be purchased by the Bundesanstalt für Immobilienaufgaben and is designed for a BAM annex building to be erected in the medium term.

By Mirko Heinemann for Adlershof Special


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