The district government of Münster has now approved a total of more than 17 million euros in funding for gate.ruhr GmbH in an amendment notice. The exact amount is 17,123,643.92 euros, which will be used to support the development of the gate.ruhr industrial and commercial area on the site of the Auguste Victoria 3/7 mine in Marl, which was closed down in 2015.
District President Andreas Bothe handed over the funding notification to Michael Dinklage and Volker Duddek, both managing directors of gate.ruhr GmbH, on Friday, 4 November. Marl’s mayor Werner Arndt, Michael Kalthoff, chairman of the management board of RAG Montan Immobilien GmbH, as well as Andreas Täuber and Dr. Andreas Schützendübel, chairman and vice-chairman of the town planning committee, were also present at the handing over of the notice in Marl.
“This project is an investment in the future of the region, as it focuses on the economic development potential of the area. Not only Marl, but the entire Emscher-Lippe region will be able to benefit from gate.ruhr. Therefore, I am very pleased to be able to personally hand over this notification of the increase in funding today,” said Andreas Bothe.
“Gate.ruhr is the future project for Marl and the Emscher-Lippe region,” says Werner Arndt. “Up to 1,000 additional and urgently needed jobs and apprenticeships are to be created at the former Auguste Victoria 3/7 mine over the next few years.” The renewed high level of federal and state funding is enormously important “to open up new prospects for the future, especially for future generations.”
In 2019, gate.ruhr GmbH was already approved for a grant of 14,585,099.30 euros. Now an increase of a further 2,538,544.62 euros has been approved for the same project purpose, resulting in a total of the above-mentioned funding amount of more than 17 million euros.
The goal of the gate.ruhr project is the development, preparation and marketing of commercially used areas with a size of about 12.5 hectares. It is intended to strengthen the adaptability, competitiveness and self-reliance of the region around the city of Marl, which is affected by structural change. This is intended to compensate for the loss of many jobs as one of the effects of the end of coal mining.
The site is also an attractive location for international companies, as it is closely connected to the motorway, rail and canal networks. The development measure is expected to attract new companies and thus create up to 1,000 new jobs and apprenticeships.
The total eligible expenditure amounts to 20,256,287.69 euros. The funding rate is 90 percent. The funds come from the Federal-Land Joint Task “Improvement of the Regional Economic Structure” (GRW) and are borne half by the Federal Government and half by the Land.
The gateway to the future has already opened wide – this is the impression many of the 90 or so citizens took away from a tour of the gate.ruhr construction site.
They were guided by the project managers of gate.ruhr GmbH, RAG Montan Immobilien GmbH and the city administration, who answered a wealth of questions at three stations. In the presence of Mayor Werner Arndt, the afternoon ended in late summer temperatures with a snack on the construction site. The response was positive: the guests welcomed the opportunity to talk to those responsible directly on the site at eye level and expressed their gratitude for the offer.
Focus on the entire site developement
The guided tour of the construction site focused on the entire development of the former Auguste Victoria 3/7 mine. It became clear that many citizens are not yet familiar with the two-stage development of the site: In the first project phase, the former power plant area and the northern mine area on Nordstraße are being developed by gate.ruhr GmbH for marketing from 2024. The areas to the south of the existing buildings, which are currently used by the city administration, are only planned for development after the RAG Group has completed the dismantling.
Preparation of the power site is in full swing
The interested citizens had met at the construction container on Nordstraße, where the preparation of the former power plant area is already in full swing. Since the start of construction in May, about 10 hectares have been prepared, so that the sheer size of the area is immediately apparent. gate.ruhr Managing Director Volker Duddek reported that the area is now being filled by about 2.5 metres – partly with soils obtained during the excavation of the new rainwater retention basins, so that additional lorry journeys can be saved. At the same time, gate.ruhr GmbH is examining together with the construction company Heitkamp whether further soil deliveries can be transported via the canal in the future. “That would be the best solution for the residents,” said one participant. Currently, an average of 40 trucks per day access the areas.
Developement measures for the entire site anticipated
Another point of contact was the rainwater retention basin, where Georg Wiebringhaus, project coordinator and authorised signatory of gate.ruhr GmbH, presented the infrastructure measures – including the extension of Carl-Duisberg-Strasse into an avenue with cycle paths on both sides and two roundabouts. Important: All current infrastructure measures such as road construction, civil engineering and drainage are designed to anticipate the development of the entire area (development phases 1 and 2). Thus, all the necessary pipes, cables and fibre optics are already being laid in utility ducts along the road. “We are deliberately tackling this in one step so that construction work on Carl-Duisberg-Strasse is not required again in the second phase of the project,” said Mayor Werner Arndt.
Several questions were aimed at noise protection. For example, residents of the Zollvereinssiedlung reported that noise pollution from the nearby motorway and the chemical park was already high. Those responsible for the demolition promised to preserve the existing noise barrier as far as possible and to examine a later extension in the south of the mining area.
Interest in the energy concept
Many participants were also interested in the energy concept: “A big advantage is that we can offer future users district heating, gas and even hydrogen – everything is available,” explained Volker Duddek. Mayor Werner Arndt added: “We are planning a very clean, very innovative industrial area here. Today, that also means that the companies will base their energy supply to a large extent on renewable sources – from solar energy on the roof to heat pumps and rainwater utilisation.”
View of the second developement phase
On a hill overlooking the southern areas still under mining law, Robert Bures and Thomas Middelmann from RAG Montan Immobilien GmbH explained the status of the deconstruction work: Within the framework of the final operating plan procedure (ABP), mining here has the obligation to restore all areas to their original condition and make them suitable for use. Only then will the areas be released from mining supervision and can be put to a new use through a separate urban land use planning procedure. Then the citizens will again be able to contribute their ideas within the framework of the early public participation for the preparation of the development plan. The basic principle is that the southern areas are intended for small-scale commercial settlements such as crafts and manufacturing with low emissions.
1,000 additional jobs and apprenticeships
On the site of the former Auguste Victoria 3/7 mine, the city of Marl and RAG Montan Immobilien GmbH, the developer of mining sites, want to attract innovative companies. Up to 1,000 additional jobs and apprenticeships are to be created there in the next few years, opening up new prospects for the future, especially for future generations. “Thousands of industrial jobs have been lost due to the end of mining in Marl,” says Marl’s economic development manager Dr Manfred Gehrke. “If young families are to live, work and shop in Marl, then we urgently need new jobs.”
On 21 June, the city of Marl will provide information about current developments in the planned industrial and commercial area. The administration wants to talk to citizens.
Marl’s mayor Werner Arndt invites interested citizens to another citizens’ dialogue on the planned gate.ruhr industrial and commercial area on 21 June. It starts at 7 pm in the Pauluskirche. Registrations are now possible.
City plans five themed islands
The city of Marl and the gate.ruhr project company would like to inform the public about the current state of affairs at gate.ruhr. The event is scheduled to last about two hours. Mayor Werner Arndt will welcome the citizens at the beginning. “We want to continue to provide open, modern and transparent information about developments at gate.ruhr,” says Werner Arndt. After a brief introduction to the overall project, the dialogue with the citizens will begin directly. The city is planning five theme islands that can be visited: traffic, environment, planning, construction phase and marketing. “There we would like to get into conversation with the citizens and residents, take suggestions and respond to questions,” says Werner Arndt. The talks will later be summarised and discussed in a plenary session.
Registrations for the gate.ruhr citizens’ dialogue on Tuesday, 21 June 2022, at 7 p.m. in the Pauluskirche (Römerstraße 61, 45772 Marl) are now possible by calling (+49 2365) 99-6700 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. On the evening of the event, participants are asked to observe the recommended hygiene and infection protection regulations of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and to stay at home if they show typical signs of illness. Participants are asked to voluntarily wear mouth and nose protection.
gate.ruhr: 1,000 jobs for Marl and the region
The city of Marl and RAG Montan Immobilien GmbH, the developer of mining sites, want to attract innovative companies to the site of the former Auguste Victoria 3/7 mine. Up to 1,000 additional jobs and apprenticeships are to be created there over the next few years, opening up new prospects for the future, especially for future generations.
- Marl presents itself at the real estate fair as a prime location
- Exchange with international parties from business and urban planning
After last year’s break due to Covid, the city is once again making national and international contacts this week at Europe’s largest real estate fair, Expo Real. In Munich, Marl presents itself and gate.ruhr as a prime location.
gate.ruhr is a unique opportunity: for committed companies, the economy and the people in the region. The planned location for industry and commerce has plenty of potential. Interested investors were once again able to see this for themselves during the “Investor Tour Ruhr”.
„It is in the interest of the NRW government to develop the site further“, Prof Dr Andreas Pinkwart, North Rhine-Westphalian Minister for Economic Affairs, declared after visiting the former coal mining pit Auguste Victoria 3/7 in Marl. Within the coming years, the business and industrial project „gate.ruhr“ will be developed here with supra-regional circulation.
„AV 3/7“ – which stands for Auguste Victoria 3/7 – becomes gate.ruhr: The development of the new Victoria is progressing big forward steps. The structural plan has already finalised, as well as an innovative concept to restore the area, where the Northern sector of the former coal mining site will be developed into an industrial and business location at record speed. The site is attracting a lot of interest amongst potential investors: „We get a lot of inquiries at the moment“, says Marl’s Lord Mayor, Werner Arndt. „Which is why we are keeping to our ambitious schedule and are beginning the development in the Northern part of the site.“
On May 17, 2017 approximately 60 visitors explored the site of the former coal mine called Auguste Victoria 3/7, under expert guidance. The excursion led the participants not only in the steps of the past but also showed them a path to the future: Dr Manfred Gehrke, city council Marl, and Volker Duddek, RAG Montan Immobilien, gave the guests a look at the plans for the former coal mine site, where the industrial and business location called gate.ruhr is planned to be developed.
The gate.ruhr project is also innovative on a different level: To get two parts of the site in the North quickly and cost-effectively to the same level, the site developers plan to shift masses of earth.
The Ruhr Valley urgently needs space for industry and businesses in order to create more jobs. But in this densely populated area, large industrial sites are scarce or only useable after an immense effort.