Essen: Euref-Campus on “Zeche Zollverein” off the table


The world cultural heritage site “Zeche Zollverein” in Essen will not be home to a branch of Berlin’s start-up center Euref (Europäisches Energieforum). According to a joint release, the Zollverein foundation and investor Reinhard Müller have agreed to scrap the idea. Extended reviews regarding building and landmark law and an initial preliminary review by Unseco yielded indications that the campus would be incompatible with the requirements of a world heritage site, so that the level of planning reliability needed by interested companies could not be guaranteed, the release states. Müller had intended to invest roughly €50mn in building about 20,000 sqm office space on a 3 ha portion of the site.

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