Bremerskamp framework plan

Kiel University (CAU) and the Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein have big plans. At Bremerskamp, a new city district is being built as part of "Kiel.Science.City" that combines research and work, studying and living, and makes it even more attractive. The preliminary work began in 2022 with the laying of the district heating, and the groundbreaking ceremony for the first new research building at Bremerskamp, the Center for Fundamental Research in Translational Evolutionary Biology (CeTEB), took place at the beginning of 2023. 

The development plan was presented to residents and the university public in January 2022 as part of an early public participation process. CeTEB will be followed by other new buildings in the coming years:

  • A new biology centre will be built by 2030 with a direct connection to the CeTEB and as a replacement for the existing biology building, which is in serious need of renovation. The first construction phase for this has already been scheduled and funding has been assured by the state.
  • In addition, around 550 residential student housing units are being built on Bremerskamp: In Leibnizstraße, the Studentenwerk Schleswig-Holstein is building a hall of residence with 161 residential units by 2026, and 390 residential units for students along Olshausenstraße can be added to this.
  • In addition, a new canteen is to be built to replace Mensa II, which is in need of renovation.
  • A Computing Centre with an energy centre is also planned in the heart of the district, which will be a key building block for the property energy concept.
  • A mobility hub with car parking and bicycle stands is planned, with charging points for e-mobility and services for cyclists.
  • The Institute for Federal Real Estate (BImA) is constructing a replacement building for the Max Rubner-Institut (MRI) on the Bremerskamp site in Kiel for federal research.

Overview of the individual measures

Institute and research buildings

  • A total of nine buildings or extensions for the CAU (incl. CeTEB, Biology Centre, not incl. MRI)
  • A total of approx. 83,500 gross square metres on ten hectares of space

“Mobility hub” car park

  • Approx. 38,000 gross square metres
  • Up to 1,200 parking spaces
  • Proposed implementation: 1st phase of construction by 2025
  • 2nd phase of construction by 2029

Mensa II

  • Approx. 8,000 gross square metres

Student accommodation:

  • Initially 161 residential units on Leibnizstraße
  • Up to 390 more residential units in four additional buildings along Olshausenstraße
  • Proposed implementation by 2025/27 or after 2030, depending on the land clearing

Provisional timetable

  • By the start of 2023 - decisions on the development plans
  • 2023 - start of construction for the CeTEB
  • 2023 - start of construction for the MRI
  • 2024 - start of construction with the replacement building for the modular buildings on Leibnizstraße
  • 2025 - completion of the CeTEB and start of the first phase of construction for the Biology Centre
  • 2026 - completion of the new MRI building
  • 2029 - completion of the new Biology Centre

Bremerskamp as part of Kiel.Science.City

Bremerskamp as an urban district development

The district development will comprise several construction phases and is expected to be completed in 25 to 30 years. According to the framework plan, a mobility hub with parking spaces for cars and bicycle stands, charging stations for e-mobility and services for cyclists will be created. Additional space is available for future needs arising from the dynamic development of the university, and re-use concepts are being developed for buildings that become vacant. On top of this, there is also space for a day-care centre and public administration. Furthermore, services such as an additional copy shop or another café can be created in the area and used by residents – the campus with its parks, the Botanical Garden and leisure facilities is already open to the public. Bremerskamp, with an area of around ten hectares, will enable Kiel University to develop further in the long term as one of Germany's top universities and at the same time merge more closely with urban life.


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Focus on sustainable building

The university development at Bremerskamp will contribute to Kiel University's goal of "climate neutrality by 2030". In doing so, those responsible rely on sustainable construction according to the criteria of the national assessment system for sustainable building (BNB) for public building projects of the Federal Ministry for Housing, Urban Development and Building (BMWSB). Modern energy supply concepts with waste heat utilisation and energy generation through photovoltaics reduce the CO2 footprint. Interconnected green spaces are preserved and more compensation is provided for interventions in nature than is required by law. Greenery on façades and roofs will also be an important element of the new buildings.

The development at Bremerskamp enables the university and city to grow closer together. Urban and university usage merges seamlessly here. In the coming years, the City of Kiel will also expand the local public transport. The planned route for the new Kiel light rail system is to run along Olshausenstraße.

Tram connection to the CAU campus

Lageplan Kiel mit eingezeichneter Trassenführung