The third construction phase of the Leitz Park got under way on 7 June 2016. This is yet another huge step forward in the development of Wetzlar as a location for innovation and manufacturing and the foremost centre of the optical industry in Germany.
The Leitz Park complex is already an eye-catching sight for visitors entering Wetzlar from the south-east. The Leica headquarters with its striking contours, the neighbouring ViaOptic and Weller Feinwerktechnik production facilities and the Café Leitz pavilion that visually rounds off the expansive piazza all come together to form a remarkable ensemble – and a whole new kind of urban architecture that enriches the common perception of what a business park should look like.
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.
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.