City of Stuttgart Area Report

Stuttgart, Capital of Baden-Württemberg

Stuttgart is a metropolis with approximately 590,000 inhabitants, and forms the hub of a region with a population of 2.6 million. Having one of the highest growth rates in Germany, the region is under permanent pressure to open up new areas for settlement. To do justice to its image as a “green city”, which is one of its key characteristics, Stuttgart's 2010 development plan focuses on the development of areas within the city itself.

The current emphasis on urban development is to encourage major as well as minor projects that will contribute towards structural change within the city limits. There are many sites with great potential for redevelopment. The three largest urban projects currently being developed within the city comprise “Former Freight Depot Bad Cannstatt” (the REVIT local project site), "Stuttgart 21”, and “City Prague”.

The history, location and utilisation concept

The railway freight depot at Bad Cannstatt was developed over one hundred years ago. It was increasingly utilised and, as the railway network grew, the freight depot continued to expand.

In the late 1980s Deutsche Bahn, the state railway company, stopped using the area as a freight depot and the land was leased to a variety of companies. The area, which comprises approximately twenty-two hectares, forms the largest single brownfield site within the City of Stuttgart. The city acquired the site in 2001, identifying its potential for substantial development in the area, which is situated in a central location and has a number of leisure facilities and public venues nearby. Large sports and leisure centres, such as the Gottlieb Daimler Stadium, the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Auditorium, and the Cannstatter Wasen, as well as the recently-built Porsche Arena and the Mercedes Benz Museum,are located in the immediate vicinity of the freight depot.

In addition, the historic town centre of Bad Cannstatt with its mineral springs and baths, and the Rosenstein Park, are to be found within a radius of two kilometres. The area is used by twenty major tenants, who generate significant traffic as many of these are logistic companies, occupying and requiring large areas within which to operate. The objective for this site is to rearrange the area in the most sustainable way, giving due consideration to the users in the vicinity, as well as to the adjacent “Veielbrunnen” residential area. These proposals form part of the REVIT project plan and complement the adjacent urban-renewal area “Veielbrunnen” in the north.

With ERDF funding of approximately 2.2 m, the REVIT project will contribute to the sustainable urban development of the whole area. The city benefits from further development of the REVIT local demonstration project “Former Freight Depot Bad Cannstatt”, as the EU funding contributes towards planning services, demolition operations, analysis and remediation of contamination, and marketing. This acts as an important catalyst for the redevelopment of the area.