Assets of Science Park Gelsenkirchen
- Premium Business site in the heart of The Ruhr
- fast motorway and train connections to Dusseldorf International Airport
- customized and expandable office layouts
- high performance computer network
- reception and 24-hour security service
- centrally organized facility management
- special advice for start-up companies
- logistics services
- event management and catering services
- public relation services
- cultural events
The Science Park Gelsenkirchen, designed by the architects Kiessler + Partner, Munich, has received a number of architectural awards:
"Deutscher Architekturpreis 1995"
(German Architectural Prize 1995)
2nd Place at the InternationalReal Estate Fair MIPIM 1995, Cannes, France
Architectural Award of the West-Hyp-Stiftung 1994
"Constructec-Preis für Europäische
(Constructec-Prize for European
Industrial Architecture 1998)
The Beginnings of the Solar City
In 1995, having one of the biggest solar power plants on its roof, the Science Park demonstrated for the turn of the century that production of solar power was possible without having great room losses, and therefore is an expedient choice for our lines of latitude as well.
For the construction of the solar plant in 1995, the European Union, the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the RWE Energy AG invested about 6 mio. DM.
Theoretically, the imposing solar plant could cover the energy requirements of 40 four-person households per year and it is going to save about 4,500 tons of disadvantegeous CO2 during its lifetime.
Latest technology allowed to convert the sunlight into electricity, which is then used to power the central installations of the premises. During the construction phase of the solar plant, regional companies were given priority, to protect local jobs in the future energies branch.
The Science Park Gelsenkirchen is a symbol of, and a catalyst for the structural change of The Ruhr, Europe´s largest industrial agglomeration. The conceptual and physical architecture of the park represents a change of direction and the ushering in of a new era. Here, there is great potential for young and innovative industries.
Gelsenkirchen-Ückendorf's industrial history
Circa 1850 Ückendorf still has a rural character.
1861 Construction of the "Rheinelbe" mine begins.
1889 Gelsenkirchener Gußstahl- und Eisenwerke AG (Cast Steel and Iron Works AG) begins operations.
1900 "Rheinelbe" is one of the largest mines in the district.
1930 "Rheinelbe" closes for technical reasons.
1973/74 Thyssen takes over the steelworks.
1984 Thyssen-Guß (Thyssen foundry) is closed.
1989 Plans for a Science and Technology Park begin.
1995 The Science Park Gelsenkirchen is opened.
1996 The world’s largest rooftop solar power plant is put into operation.
2000 The Science Park Gelsenkirchen is a registered project of the World Exposition EXPO 2000.
2004 Opening of the international exhibitions RuhrEnergy and SolarExpo.