Frankfurt, Germany–(WORK TEL)—OFB Projektentwicklung has started the first construction phase of “BioSquare Leipzig” on a partial area of 11,600 m² of construction site 6a on “Alte Messe” street. The symbolic groundbreaking ceremony on 22 September 2022 was attended by Thomas Dienberg (Mayor of Leipzig City Urban Development and Construction), Dr. Marc Struhalla (CEO of c-LEcta GmbH) and Dr. by Christoph Wiechmann (Leipzig Office Manager at OFB Projektentwicklung). The ceremony marks the beginning of a modern campus for biotechnology and life sciences consisting of several buildings. Approximately 35,000 m³ of soil excavation is planned to be completed by mid-November this year.
As early as February 2022, a facade competition was held for the project with a jury comprised of five architectural firms and politicians, architects, scientists, tenant c-LEcta and OFB. The Leipzig-based firm KLM Architekten und Ingenieure GmbH has now been commissioned as the building planner for the facade design and the first construction phase.
Above ground, the first phase of construction consists of two independent buildings with a total rental area of approximately 18,500 m². Five floors are planned for Building A, which will be used in the future by the biotechnology company c-LEcta GmbH and will have approximately 10,500 m² of above-ground rental space.
c-LEcta has been on the “Alte Messe” site since the company was founded in 2004 and moved to its headquarters in BioCube in 2012. The company has changed dramatically since then: What started as a university split has now grown into a leading global player in industrial biotechnology, with five companies and employees. Working with over 400 customers from more than 40 countries in the food and pharmaceutical industries in 2021, c-LEcta significantly increased its sales compared to the previous year. However, the number of employees has also grown rapidly over the years. Since 2018 alone, the number has doubled to 120 employees. Further growth in the workforce is planned in the coming years, so the existing building will not have enough space for office and laboratory space.
Building B, adjacent to Prager Strasse, consists of seven floors and thus offers a view after the former trade fair grounds have been completed. The slight overhang of the second building will create a forecourt that provides an inviting access to building B with quality accommodation. In addition, a communal underground car park is being built with about 110 parking spaces.
“The BioSquare project development underlines the importance of Leipzig as an innovation hub for biotechnology and life sciences. We want to keep innovative companies in place and attract new ones in these future industries. Of course, we are particularly pleased that the c-LEcta, a Leipzig success story, has moved into the first construction phase.” Mayor and council member For the City of Leipzig Urban Development and Construction, Thomas Dienberg.
“The groundbreaking ceremony of our new headquarters in Leipzig is obviously a very special moment. In 2025 we will move here to a high-tech building with state-of-the-art workplaces and laboratories. This will not only provide enough room for further development in the long run, but also for our employees. “It will provide a cutting-edge design concept. Collaboration, hard work and renewal go hand in hand. We are happy to be able to continue our history in our home.” Doctor Inc. Marc Struhalla, CEO of Tenant c-LEcta.
Christoph Wiechmann, head of the OFB’s Leipzig Office, also quite pleased: “It’s great to see the excavators are now spinning and the BioSquare realization phase has begun. ‘Alte Messe’ has made a name for itself as a place for innovative companies. On our campus, we offer research institutions and technology companies completely new development opportunities and excellent framework conditions.”
The project site is located within sight of the famous double M of Leipzig Mustermesse. The neighboring S-Bahn station “Völkerschlachtdenkmal” and several tram and bus lines offer very good public transport connections. The motorway ring road can also be reached in less than five minutes. Many innovative research institutions and companies such as Fraunhofer IZI, the Max Planck Institute, Bio-City or the German Research Center for Integrative Biodiversity (iDiv) have settled in the “Alte Messe” location in recent years.
OFB: WE CONTINUE TO DEVELOP.
OFB Projektentwicklung GmbH has been operating in the real estate industry for over 60 years. And still as stable as the first day. As a subsidiary of Landesbank Hessen-Thuringia and part of the Helaba Immobiliengruppe, high-quality and sustainable large-scale real estate is our focus. Project development, project management and real estate management are our passion.
At our headquarters in Frankfurt/Main and branches in Berlin, Erfurt, Munich, Düsseldorf and Leipzig, approximately 140 employees implement successful real estate projects throughout Germany. In doing so, we want to work harder than others and therefore take into account the interaction of economic, ecological and social components from the planning stage of our projects. Goal: to further develop our projects and ourselves.
c-LEcta is a global biotechnology company specializing in the development, manufacture and distribution of enzyme products. The company uses world-class enzyme engineering and manufacturing technologies to provide its partners in the food and pharmaceutical industries with superior biotechnological solutions for innovative industrial applications. Product development is based on the proprietary enzyme technology platform ENESYZ® and is carried out both internally and in close collaboration with industry partners worldwide. c-LEcta supplies its products to more than 400 customers in more than 40 countries. c-LEcta currently employs more than 120 people at its headquarters in Leipzig.
c-LEcta is part of the Kerry Group. Kerry is the world’s leading flavor and nutrition partner for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical markets. The company employs 22,000 people at more than 150 locations and uses broad ingredient solutions to innovate with customers and create great-tasting products with enhanced nutrition and functionality while delivering a better impact for the planet.