- Location: Erlangen South
- Transport connections: Close to A73 (Frankenschnellweg) and Erlangen-Bruck train station
- Total site area: 540,000 m²
- Project preparation: since 2013
- Start of infrastructure work: 2016
- Start of building construction: 2017
- Representative reception building as central point of contact
The overall project
Siemens opened its research center in the southern part of the city of Erlangen in 1965. Thousands of innovations were tried, tested and proven here, and matured for series production. This developed site, larger than 75 football fields put together, once even housed the proving grounds for the predecessors of the Transrapid high-speed monorail train as well as elevated railways.
In 2013, Siemens decided it was time to repurpose, redesign and open up the entire site, and develop it into a future-oriented campus. The Bavarian Minister-President at the time, Horst Seehofer, delightedly exclaimed, "He who builds, intends to stay," when Siemens unequivocally declared its long-term commitment to Erlangen as a center of business, science and technology.
An architectural competition then held as a basis for the urban planning and building design and construction was won by the design submitted by Frankfurt am Main-based architectural firm KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten. Their design provides the foundation for transforming this research site into a vibrant urban quarter in an attractive campus setting with contemporary architecture, state-of-the-art office infrastructure, and spacious outdoor areas and green spaces.
The Campus project is being executed in multiple modules under the direction of Siemens Real Estate, Siemens' real estate asset management company. Initial demolition work kicked off in mid-2016, and the ceremonial laying of the first new cornerstone in December that same year marked the start of new construction work.
By 2030, Siemens' research center in the southern part of Erlangen is to be developed into a vibrant quarter in an attractive campus setting with contemporary architecture, state-of-the-art office infrastructure, and spacious outdoor areas and green spaces. The first module is now finished and ready for Siemens' employees to move in: the flair of this growing new campus can be sensed instantly! The ground floors, openly accessible to the public, offer an array of restaurants and cafes, services, spacious outdoor areas and green spaces, all enticing you to stay and linger a while. In general, the new workplaces for Siemens' employees are located on the buildings' upper levels among modern and flexible working environments.
The buildings offer a broad range of opportunities for employees to shape their working day to meet the needs of whatever tasks they're currently tackling. Each department's Homezone can be found in one of the four upper floors of these office buildings, along with function zones such as Think Tanks, Copy&Print and Meet&Talk areas. The office spaces also offer lounge areas and comfortable furniture for sitting and collaborating, ideally suited for informal communication with your colleagues.
The Siemens Campus Erlangen is being developed in stages in multiple modules. The first wave of employees have already moved into the Module 1 buildings. Construction work on Module 2 is in full swing, and scheduled for completion by 2022.
The cornerstone laying ceremony for the new Laboratory Building in Module 3 took place in early October 2020.
The required approval proceedings for Module 8 have meanwhile begun in parallel, and Erlangen's Environmental, Traffic and Planning Committee have announced their decision to initiate the approval process. Construction work in this segment is scheduled to begin in 2023 once all onward stages of the planning and approval process have been successfully completed.
Research and development
Moving forward, the Siemens Campus Erlangen will continue to play a major part in Siemens' research and development (R&D) activities. Siemens has been making its mark with innovations that count ever since the company was founded, with its annual R&D investment now regularly topping EUR 5 billion and some 45,000 employees in 44 different countries dedicated to R&D, over 14,000 of whom work in Germany (2019).
Reflecting its significant role within the company's global research and development alliance, a central Laboratory Building is also to be erected on the Siemens Campus Erlangen where units in charge of important fields of research will be brought together under one roof. Among the fields of focus that staff at this facility will pursue are:
- Energy research
- Chemical research
- Materials research
- The Internet of Things (IoT)
The new central research laboratory complex will consist of a four-story main building housing offices and laboratories, and a single-story technology hall. This facility will be used jointly by Siemens Corporate Technology (CT) and Siemens Energy AG (Siemens SE). The Laboratory Building is to be constructed in Module 3 of the Campus, scheduled to be completed by the end of 2022.
The history of Siemens' research center in Erlangen
As early as 1965 when the first 1,500 employees moved into the new Siemens location, people proudly called it the "research city for power engineering". This research city developed into a vast site of technological exploration where, over the past decades, thousands of innovations were born, tested and matured to readiness for series production. While many of these past innovations are meanwhile taken for granted in our modern everyday world, current developments will shape our future lives in the coming decades.
Owner and operator Siemens Real Estate
The Siemens Campus Erlangen is being developed under the direction of Siemens Real Estate, Siemens' real estate asset management company.
Siemens Real Estate (SRE) bears overall responsibility for all real estate activities at Siemens. Besides constructing new projects, SRE leases and operates the company's real estate assets and manages all associated services.
Siemens Real Estate also offers select services to outside companies, focusing primarily on three main fields: advising on new working environments and portfolio strategy ("Consult"), leasing office and industrial workspaces ("Rent"), and implementing development projects ("Develop").
Siemens Real Estate hired the construction firm Max Bögl to act as general contractor for erecting Module 1 of the Siemens Campus Erlangen, and the company ZECH Bau to do the same for Module 2.