OFB Projektentwicklung has started the first construction phase of the “BioSquare Leipzig” on a partial area of around 11,600 m² of the construction site 6a on the street “Alte Messe.” The symbolic groundbreaking ceremony on September 22, 2022, took place in the presence of Thomas Dienberg (Mayor for Urban Development and Construction of the City of Leipzig), Dr. Marc Struhalla (CEO of c-LEcta GmbH) and Dr. Christoph Wiechmann (Office Manager for Leipzig at OFB Projektentwicklung). The ceremony marks the start of a modern campus for biotechnology and the life sciences that comprises several buildings. The excavation of around 35,000 m³ of soil is scheduled to be completed by mid-November this year.
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From left to right: Dr. Marc Struhalla (CEO of c-LEcta GmbH), Dr. Christoph Wiechmann (OFB Leipzig) and Thomas Dienberg (Mayor for Urban Development and Construction of the City of Leipzig).
As early as February 2022, a facade competition was held for the project with five architectural firms and a jury consisting of politicians, architects, scientists, the tenant c-LEcta and OFB. The Leipzig-based firm KLM Architekten und Ingenieure GmbH has now been commissioned as building planner for the first construction phase with the facade design.
Above ground, the first construction phase consists of two independent buildings with a total of around 18,500 m² of rental space. Five floors are planned for Building A, which will be used by the biotechnology company c-LEcta GmbH in the future and will have around 10,500 m² of above-ground rental space.
c-LEcta has been located at the “Alte Messe” site since the company was founded in 2004, and moved into its headquarters in the BioCube in 2012. The company has changed significantly since then: What began as a university spin-off with five employees has now evolved into a leading global player in industrial biotechnology. In 2021, …