The Nordpark is a success story. From a 165-hectare site used by the British Army of the Rhine as barracks until 1996 to an “Area of Sports” under the guiding principle of “Work, Sport and Leisure”.
Early developments included the stadium of Borussia Mönchengladbach (completed in 2004) and the largest field hockey stadium in Europe (2006) as well as the headquarters of Van Laack (2006) or the tax office (2009). The area has already been the scene of major concerts and sporting events.
To date, more than 5,000 jobs have been created in the Nordpark. The focus here has been on high-quality office and service space in the business park – a location for knowledge-intensive workplaces, just three kilometers from the city center and with direct freeway access.
In the coming years, the Nordpark will be a central area for the implementation of the city-wide strategy. The listed area, a former educational institution (1909 – 1939), will remain renovated and modernized as a business area. With the 22-hectare expansion area “Businesspark II”, the successful development will be consistently continued in the future.
Further information on the Nordpark can be found here.
The Regiopark intercommunal industrial estate of the city of Mönchengladbach and the municipality of Jüchen has developed into a top playground for the logistics industry. The go-ahead was given in 1995 and marketing began in 2008. In the meantime, global players such as Zalando, Esprit, DHL and Primark as well as regional giants such as the Zerres company have settled on the approximately 120 hectares site.
More than 5,000 jobs have been created with the development of this commercial area, many of which have been placed in cooperation with the Mönchengladbach Employment Agency and the Job Center. The majority of those who found their way back into employment from long-term unemployment are now employed on a permanent basis and earn well above minimum wage levels.
Together with the neighboring Güdderath industrial estate, the Regiopark forms Mönchengladbach’s largest contiguous industrial estate. There are exciting examples of intralogistics on site, such as automation technologies from the Mönchengladbach-based company Vanderlande, whose engineers are always monitoring processes in the respective company (e.g., Zalando).
As the area continues to develop, resident companies are investing primarily in sustainability measures and modernization of their real estate. Companies will also be able to benefit in the future from the location’s advantages, which include quick access to important urban centers in the region and logistics hubs.
Further information on the Regiopark is available here.
A magnet for Mönchengladbach: Almost seven years ago, on March 26, 2015, the Minto opened in the city center of Gladbach. To this day, the shopping center attracts many people – also from surrounding cities and regions. Where the former playhouse, theater gallery and neighboring Lichthof previously stood, the excavators rolled in for demolition in 2012. After a construction phase lasting around 2.5 years, the investor mfi/Unibail-Rodamco was able to celebrate the pre-opening.This inner-city development, which is important for the economy and was driven forward by EWMG and WFMG, created a large number of jobs. For at that time 104 stores on four floors and 22 gastronomy & gourmet concepts opened their brand new doors.
The Minto is one of the most modern shopping centers on the Lower Rhine and has been named Germany’s most beautiful shopping center, not least because of its striking, iconic architecture and exciting interior design.
Photo 1: City archive | Photo 2: Theo Titz
Mönchengladbach Airport (MGL) has developed into an important economic factor and innovation driver for the city. The starting signal for this came with the acquisition of the authorization for powered flight and the official opening of the airfield on April 22, 1956.
This was soon followed by the establishment of the first flight school, the Luftfahrerschule NRW, which continues to this day under the name RWL German Flight Academy and, with two full-flight simulators, trains commercial pilots as one of the most modern and largest flight schools in Germany.
To date, some 26 companies and government agencies have settled on the approximately 120-hectare airport site. MGL’s ground and airside infrastructure, including a control zone with instrument flight operations, is one of its main advantages.
In addition to training flight operations, maintenance and repair is another main economic sector at the site. At “EDLN”, as it is called in pilot lingo, companies such as RAS (now with an additional new hangar) offer maintenance for various aircraft types, for which regional aircraft from all over the world come to Mönchengladbach. Through the Hugo Junkers Hangar, Mönchengladbach Airport is also a magnet for events and tourism.
The advantages of MGL as the largest airport in North Rhine-Westphalia and the second largest in Germany for general aviation are its central location, accessibility regardless of weather conditions and fast handling. This also makes MGL interesting for business aviation and will characterize the location in the future. Investments are currently being made in the terminal conversion, which will include a business lounge.
As a partner in the “SkyCab” research project, Mönchengladbach Airport, with its airspace monitored by air traffic controllers, is the ideal real-life laboratory for the innovative development of unmanned electrically powered air cabs and, at the same time, a potential departure point for the future.
Further information on the MGL is available here.
Photo 1: former picture archive of the city traffic office