We believe that collaboration is the key to achieving the best possible results in any area of work, and especially in urban regeneration. Following this ethos, we started the European Regeneration Exchange Programme to create an international knowledge-sharing network to promote best practice in regeneration.

Hamburg was chosen as our destination in 2018 because of its success in implementing comprehensive, large-scale, district-wide regeneration; firstly in HafenCity, and more recently in the Wilhemsburg area. 

In Hafencity, a shift in the location of port activities left large parts of the inner-city port fringes unused. A municipally-owned company began acquiring these sites and a development framework established a set of development principles and land uses to lay the foundation for a masterplan competition and its subsequent development. This foundation would form sound urban design principles of a mix of uses including activity at ground floor and people-focused connectivity and public realm. 

The ongoing development on Wilhelmsburg was driven by bottom-up action, with a call from residents to transform the area through improved flood-resilient homes, re-locating industrial activity, and improving transport infrastructure. A publicly-owned development company - IBA_Hamburg - was formed to take the area’s redevelopment forward, and ran a competitive process involving various stakeholders to develop a plan on which subsequent more detailed planning and then development took place.  The Inner Circle team were hosted by IBA Hamburg where they talked us through the process and methodology which has been used in Hamburg and other projects across Germany.  Read more on the insights we gained from Hamburg.


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