DLE Land Development GmbH (DLE), based in Berlin, is developing the area known as Konigspark into a mixed-use district on behalf of the owner in Konigs Wusterhausen (Brandenburg). On the evening of October 11, 2023, the city council voted by a majority to approve the DLE's framework planning. It therefore becomes the basis for a subsequent development plan change procedure.
The plan for the Konigspark from the 1990s still stands, allowing for commercial use. Despite this, development on the expansive 560,000m2 has been infrequent. To address this, the DLE is proposing a mixed-use district inspired by the 15-minute city model on land near the federal capital Berlin. The district is set to include around 2,500 new apartments and create space for new jobs, with approximately 115,000m2 of gross floor area.
The framework plan envisages four different quarters for the Konigspark, which are connected by a spacious, c. 100,000m2 park. The aim is to create a productive commercial district, a mixed-use urban district, an eco-district, and a community district. Three daycare centres, two schools, facilities for medical care, local amenities and other elements of social and public infrastructure are also planned. A new fire station for Konigs Wusterhausen is also to be built on around 17,600m2.
The framework planning designed for future security and sustainability, is completed by modern rainwater management, which is based on the principle of the sponge city. This ensures that a large part of the rainwater that occurs on site can seep away into the Konigspark area. The planning of the DLE is accompanied by a novel concept of close involvement of all residents. The aim was, above all, to determine the needs of the citizens and to incorporate them into the development of the district. For this purpose, events with different participation formats were organized.
Konigs Wusterhausen is located south of Berlin. The dynamic development of the growth region is characterized by the capital city airport BER, the Tesla Gigafactory in Grunheide and the Berlin Southeast Boom Corridor. The Konigspark is located near the A 10 motorway and is bordered to the east by the B 179 federal highway. The city centre of Berlin can be reached within 40 minutes by S-Bahn.
Petra Muller, Director Conceptual Development & Communication: “With the approved framework planning, the DLE is making a major contribution to the further positive development of the city of Konigs Wusterhausen. Planning supports families in their search for a home worth living in. It creates a living environment tailored to seniors and lays the foundation for further educational opportunities and new jobs. For us and our planning team, the majority approval is also confirmation of our two years of intensive work. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all residents who actively and constructively contributed their knowledge and ideas.”
Dr. Simon Kempf, Managing Director of DLE Land Development GmbH: “The framework planning for Konigspark shows that even in these times we can develop excellent concepts for the further development of communities that are growing. In this way, we are creating the basis for urgently needed new housing construction in a livable environment with a high quality of stay for citizens of all social classes. We would especially like to thank the political decision-makers for their approval of the framework planning and the mayor, Ms. Wiezorek, for always being a reliable contact.”