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The Halle 14 project is part of a large brownfield regeneration project, namely the reconversion of Europe’s (once) largest cotton mill complex in Leipzig. It is an excellent example of how brownfield development and creative industries can be used as impetus in a wider urban regeneration context. The approach of using derelict land and widely abandoned buildings for new, sustainable growth ties this project to the Europe 2020 flagship initiative for a resource-efficient Europe which identifies the recycling of land as one of the pathways for greater resource efficiency.

Executive summary

The Halle 14 project is part of a large brownfield regeneration project, namely the reconversion of Europe’s (once) largest cotton mill complex in Leipzig (‘Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei’). It is an excellent example of how brownfield development and creative industries can be used as impetus in a wider urban regeneration context. The approach of using derelict land and widely abandoned buildings for new, sustainable growth ties this project to the Europe 2020 flagship initiative for a resource-efficient Europe which identifies the recycling of land as one of the pathways for greater resource efficiency.

Main objective of the city and the project promoter was to regenerate the historical (and listed) Halle 14 building which was in a precarious state. In order to support the (existing) efforts made by the private owner and by non-profit organisations in the Halle 14 building, the city of Leipzig – supported by the European Regional Development Fund with 278 000 € (2009-2011) – helped in renovating the building’s façade and windows as well as creating a ‘training room’ for cultural/artistic purposes with a total budget of some 373 500 €. The training room is now an anchor point for various activities for local communities, particularly for children and young people. The ERDF investment forms only one part in the joint efforts to regenerate the Halle 14 building, including improving the building’s energy performance. Total investment into the building from public and private sources amounts to approximately three million €.

This five-storey industrial building with a floor-space total of 20 000 m² is centrally located on the cotton mill site. Since the beginning of the 1990s, artists and others involved in the creative sector have built a productive and lively community at this location. It is renowned for being the home of the ‘Neue Leiziger Schule’ (new school of Leipzig) of German painter Neo Rauch. As an independent art centre, Halle 14 should contrast with the now successful galleries and commercial creative companies by serving as a centre for non-profit organisations and young artists. Regular exhibitions, an art library, the art education programme ‘Kreative Spinner’, the scholarship programme Studio14 and the Lounge14 discussion series form elements of the wider Halle 14 project.

The project shows how a strongly integrative process, based on mutual trust and support, can make a real difference. A joint vision of private and public bodies for the regeneration of the entire neighbourhood was the foundation of all rehabilitation activities on the cotton mill area. Considering the context of brownfield regeneration, the project also shows that taking a step-by-step approach is sometimes smarter than a ‘big-bang’. The former cotton mills complex is, due to its sheer size and need for physical regeneration, a major challenge for every investor. Tackling this aspect with a demand-based, step-by-step approach proved to be a smart solution.

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Technical information

Name

Crazy ideas in the spinning mill

Member State and Region

Germany, Saxony (Sachsen), Leipzig

Duration of project

Project 1: 8 months (08.2009 – 03.2010)

Project 2: 5 months (02.2010 – 06.2010)

Funding

Project 1 Total budget: €302 828 - ERDF contribution: €225 000

Project 2 Total budget: €70 666 - ERDF contribution €53 000

Cohesion Policy Objective

Convergence (the Leipzig region falls under ‘phasing-out’ provisions)

Managing Authority

Saxonian State Ministry for the Economy, Labour and Mobility (Sächsisches Staatsministerium für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Verkehr), D-01073 Dresden

CCI nr of OP

2007DE161PO004 Regional OP of the Free State of Saxony

Contact

Norbert Raschke, City of Leipzig, Head of sector, Urban renewal unit, Department for urban development and construction.

Tel. +49 341 123 5512

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Web

http://www.spinnerei.de/ (DE, EN)

http://www.halle14.org/ (DE, EN)

Keywords

Urban renewal, culture

     
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