Right next to the airport terminal in Schönefeld, Alpine Finanz Bau is constructing Hub 3, a new 17,000-sqm office building, which together with the two existing buildings at Mittelstrasse 5 and 7 will form the BB Business Hub office campus.
Because building land in Berlin is becoming increasingly scarce and the regulations ever stricter, many developers are being drawn beyond the city limits. In doing so, they are following an established migration pattern that has recently accelerated. And it’s a trend that has now also reached the commercial real estate sector as more and more office and commercial developers are discovering the surroundings of Berlin for themselves. In addition, Berlin’s commercial real estate market has long suffered from a massive undersupply. Larger contiguous spaces hardly ever come to market or are already pre-let several years ahead of completion. It is therefore difficult for small and medium-sized companies to find affordable office space – not to mention production space. Alpine Finanz’s BB Business Hub now give SMEs an attractive alternative.
Schönefeld provides companies with a first-class infrastructure in addition to the airport. The A113 highway provides direct access to central Berlin in a matter of minutes, as well as to Dresden, Leipzig and Frankfurt (Oder). In future, the Airport Express will connect the airport region with Berlin’s main train station in just 20 minutes. And the commuter train (S-Bahn) will link Schönefeld with the Adlershof technology hub and the train stations at Ostbahnhof and Südkreuz. The new airport (BER) also has its own long-distance train station.
Alpine Finanz Bau, a subsidiary of the Swiss family-owned Alpine Finanz Immobilien AG, developed a real vision for the location as early as 1990 and was therefore one of the first companies to invest in the Berlin Brandenburg Airport Region. As an early mover, Alpine secured a number of premium sites in the airport region and has been able to develop them over the years. The portfolio also includes the modern, fully leased office buildings at Mittelstrasse 5 (Hub 5) and 7 (Hub 7), which offer 18,000 square metres of office space at the airport terminal and diagonally opposite the Schönefeld commuter and regional train station. In view of the ongoing high demand for commercial space in the area, Alpine is now developing a third building right next to the existing buildings: Hub 3 at Mittelstrasse 3. The
consolidation of the existing buildings will create an attractive campus with a variety of spaces for different users, including 35,000 square metres of office space. The name of the campus, BB Business Hub, signals the local ties to both Berlin and Brandenburg. The space in Hub 3 will be let by Colliers International Berlin.
Alpine Finanz Bau’s choice of location is a result of the company’s unique expertise and history. After all, the Swiss parent company Alpine Finanz owns 19 office properties at Zurich Airport, where it has acquired a wealth of experience developing and managing commercial real estate in central, easily accessible locations. “When you take this knowledge and apply it to other regions around existing airports of the same size, you appreciate the potential of Schönefeld and the southeast of Berlin, even before the official opening of BER”, explains Uwe P. Tietz, Managing Director of Alpine Finanz Bau, before adding:
“All eyes are trained on the BER construction site, completely overlooking the fact that Schönefeld already has a well-developed, functioning airport. And with the opening of BER at the end of October 2020, the airport region will become even more attractive for German and international companies”.
The new Hub 3 office building, in particular, which transforms the existing office complex into a corporate campus, offers potential for new tenants and their employees. Tenants in Hub 3 benefit from the advantages of modern, well-equipped offices with excellent connections to suburban, regional and long-distance rail, highways and the airport. Hub 3 also offers a wide range of amenities, from the catering area and meeting rooms to parking spaces with electric chargers and bicycle parking facilities with showers. In addition, BB Business Hub benefits from optimal visibility thanks to its convenient location at the airport. Tenants’ lives will be made even easier with the launch of the upcoming tenant app, which will enable them to network with service providers, organise catering and reserve meeting rooms. In addition to these services, the landmark building also boasts modern architecture designed by the renowned architectural firm HPP, as well as superior building quality. No less than three generous lobbies create the best first impression, while reception areas and the elaborately designed outdoor area offer optimal conditions for receiving guests and taking creative breaks.
The rental spaces, which can be individually adapted to accommodate units of 300 square metres and above, are also state of the art. Their highly flexible design guarantees a relaxed, modern and above all future-proof working environment. What’s more, there is a real spirit of neighbourliness as the owner Alpine Finanz Bau shares BB Business Hub with its SME tenants, who know that their landlord is always on hand to address their concerns. Being a campus, companies are able to move and expand within the complex as their space requirements change, without having to change their address, landlord or identity. “Local, regional, national and global networking, both in terms of jobs and connections – these are the USPs of BB Business Hub in the Airport Region Berlin Brandenburg”, summarises Uwe P. Tietz.