High-rise buildings in Offenbach’s North Cape are taking shape

VIs-a-vis the Offenbacher Kulturzentrum Hafen 2, the commercial space there, which was only used as a parking space for a long time, has now given way to a shell, the contours of which are already visibly following the simulation that was previously intended to give an idea of ​​the Leiq office building that is being built. In the western half, which is structurally more advanced, the heating and cooling technology specialist Danfoss from Denmark will move in with its German headquarters there as an anchor tenant.

One of the first completely CO2-neutral office buildings in Germany is said to have been built on the move-in date, which was last given at the beginning of 2023. According to the plans, a multi-storey car park with more than 300 parking spaces will also be built in the building, several of which will have charging stations for electric cars.

North Cape Tower by 2030

Danfoss is not a new addition to Offenbach; rather, the Danes acquired the previous location in the Waldhof industrial estate as early as 1970. But after decades of compaction on the existing site, it became clear that the space was no longer sufficient, and the decision was made to look for a new location. In 2019, Mayor Felix Schwenke (SPD), as head of the economic department, was able to announce that Danfoss will also be moving to the new headquarters of Germany’s headquarters in Offenbach, now in the north end. Even from the air, the most conspicuous structure, at least at first glance, that is to be built in the north-western tip of Offenbach’s north end, the North Cape Tower, cannot yet be seen. In a few years, this 120 meter high tower with 32 floors is to be built to the west of the Danfoss headquarters, directly on the A661. The Frankfurt real estate company developed the project. The investment volume was given at the presentation of 250 and 280 million euros. However, the effects of the corona-related price increases in the construction sector cannot currently be ruled out in any project. The first tenants should be able to move in in five to six years. The constitutional resolution on the development plan for the industrial park on the border with Frankfurt is expected next spring.

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Between the area on which the Leiq project has now visibly taken shape and the skyscraper with the provisional project name Nordkap Tower, the city has already envisaged the Nordkap Park as a central key project in the master plan 2030. The background to this is the goal of not creating an ordinary, concrete-dominated office district on the site, but rather a work environment with a high quality of stay.

However, a dispute has developed around this park: The investor who bought the property, which the city wants to keep part of the park area, sees his property rights violated by the city’s wishes. He also makes serious allegations against Schwenke and other members of the magistrate. To put it simply, the city is said to have marketed the property on which the North Cape Tower will one day stand far below its value. Offenbach is trying to enable the building of the high-rise at his expense. Mayor Schwenke has resolutely rejected the allegations against himself and his fellow magistrates. The city’s plans could be viewed and traced at any time.