Krupp-Gürtel: From an industrial wasteland to a climate-friendly city quarter

Where once the chimneys of the Krupp cast steel works billowed smoke, the "Krupp-Gürtel" (Krupp Belt) is emerging today. On a site which, at 230 hectares, is almost three times as big as Essen's city centre, the city of Essen and thyssenkrupp are jointly developing high-quality locations for living, working and relaxing. The large-scale urban development project connects the former industrial area in the west of Essen with the city centre – and in doing so, consistently integrates the interests of climate protection and adaptation to the impacts of climate change.

The thyssenkrupp Quarter – an example of sustainable building

The heart of the Krupp-Gürtel is the thyssenkrupp Quarter, completed in 2010. The buildings at the new company headquarters undercut the legal requirements for primary energy consumption by around 58 per cent. The innovative sun protection system considerably reduces energy consumption, and air extracted from the offices is used for heating through heat recovery via the central ventilation system. The icing on the cake is that mostly regional raw materials were used in the construction. The main building, Q1, was awarded the Gold Certificate of approval by the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB e. V).

Engine for progress:

  • innovative overall concept for the development of the quarter
  • thyssenkrupp group headquarters receives an award as a sustainable building
  • climate adaptation measures integrated into Krupp Park
  • improvements to climate-friendly mobility options
  • public-private cooperation and participation by the citizens

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Photo: thyssenkrupp

The main building of the thyssenkrupp Quarter provides a good example of the new quarter with innovative and energy-saving measures.

Krupp Park: Lots of new greenery close to the city centre

Local recreation is strongly emphasised in the new city quarter. Krupp Park, which currently covers 14 ha, represents a large green area as part of an urban climate adaptation strategy, a local recreation area and a new meeting place for residents. The large green area improves the city climate and will provide relief during periods of heat, which are to be expected as a consequence of global warming in the future. The park's intelligent drainage system is prepared for future heavy rain events, while at the same time it contributes to the ecological reconstruction of the Emscher river and its tributaries from open waste water ditches to clean water streams: The rain water from the park and from the roof surfaces of the thyssenkrupp Quarter is collected in a 9,000 m2 lake and carried from there via a canal to the Borbecker Mühlenbach, a tributary to the Emscher.

Climate-friendly mobility was also thought of when the Krupp Belt was being developed. The "Rheninische Bahn" cycle path, which was developed by the Ruhr Regional Association (RVR) and runs along a closed railway line, has been expanded and a tram line has been developed.

Further development of "the new side of Essen"

In the northern section of the Krupp-Gürtel, the city of Essen and thyssenkrupp Real Estate will be developing a new city quarter with a multitude of functions and qualities for living and working on a 52 ha site over the next few years. In the centre of the site, a park with an open waterway is to be developed, which is networked to the green city spaces and water landscapes in the surrounding environment.

Photo: Stadt Essen

"The new thyssenkrupp headquarters, Krupp Park, the new construction of tram line 109 and the completion of the first section of the RS1 bicycle fast lane on the former Rhine railway line are all pieces in the mosaic of a new city quality, which signals development and progress for Essen – far beyond the Krupp-Gürtel. A successful example of shared climate responsibility in action."

Reinhard Paß, Mayor

Partners and sponsors

  • Stadt Essen
  • EWG – Essener Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft mbH
  • Ministerium für Bauen, Wohnen, Stadtentwicklung und Verkehr (MBWSV)
  • Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur (BMVI)
  • EU-Förderung