The next step on the way from a vision to a reality: The breaking of the ground for the third phase of the Leitz Park complex is the next big step forward in the development of Wetzlar as a location for innovation and manufacturing and as the foremost centre of the optical industry in Germany.
Around 250 invited guests, among them Dr. Christoph Ullrich, President of the Giessen administrative district, Manfred Wagner, Mayor of the City of Wetzlar and Wolfgang Schuster, District Administrator of the Lahn-Dill region, joined Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, majority shareholder and chairman of the advisory board of Leica Camera AG, and Oliver Kaltner, chairman of the executive board of Leica Camera AG, to celebrate the expansion of the Schanzenfeld site at the south-east gate of the City of Wetzlar.
Over the next two years, the company group from Salzburg, Austria, headed by Dr Andreas Kaufmann, will be investing in the construction of four further buildings that will expand the gross floor area at the complex by an additional 26,000 square metres. On completion of this third phase of construction in 2018, the Leitz Park complex will have been expanded by an attractive World of Leica Experience – featuring a museum, the Leica archives, a Leica Galerie and an outlet store – a 4-star hotel, a building for CW Sonderoptik GmbH and an office building.
‘We are very pleased to see how the Leitz Park is today already accepted and appreciated by the citizens of the region and the employees of the companies on our site’, says Dr. Andreas Kaufmann. ‘Breaking the ground for the start of the third phase now marks the next milestone in our ambitious project: the expansion of the Leitz Park to create the foremost centre of the optical industry in Germany. I am certain that this next phase of development will make the site even more attractive and further increase its international charisma’.
The plans for the overall project, developed by Frankfurt architects Gruber + Kleine-Kraneburg, impressively document the architectural concept of the Leitz Park they designed and realised for Leica Camera AG and how it is embedded in the community. The plans foresee the construction of an architecturally outstanding, high-tech centre in the heart of the City of Wetzlar that will serve as an open and publicly accessible venue for the citizens of the region and visitors from around the world. Further to this, they depict an ultra-modern working environment and a world of experiences in which development and production, science and culture, gastronomy and living meet in perfect harmony.
The Leitz Park will be further enriched by the construction of an attractive hotel operated by the arcona HOTELS and RESORTS Group. With 129 rooms and suites in modern design, the hotel will offer its guests contemporary comfort, a restaurant for 120 diners and a spacious banqueting area with up to 500 square metres of space. Its leitmotif will be dedicated to the numerous facets of photography and will reflect and interpret them throughout the hotel.