West Park: West is finally becoming a life science district
In the next two years, the “West Park” office, commercial and laboratory complex will be built in the western part of the city. The five-storey building will have around 10,500 square meters of floor space. The building plot is owned by the Ursulines and was leased to West Park Immobilien GmbH for a period of 99 years.
Hildegard Hofer, the Superior of the Ursuline Convent, was not present when the West Park, which will be realized in the Exlgasse in the next few years, was presented. she let those present know that she still liked the project because it makes sense, is up-to-date and sustainable. Therefore, the project operators were granted a 99-year building right. A complex will be built on an area of almost 6,000 square meters by the end of 2024, which will contain offices, laboratories, commercial space and a restaurant.
space for exchange
With the Health Hub Tirol, an anchor tenant has already been found who was also able to contribute in terms of design. “This building is a milestone for the so-called life science scene. With the university clinic, we have a player in Innsbruck. Due to a lack of office space, there is hardly any corresponding start-up scene in Innsbruck. In West Park, there is now the possibility of exchange creative minds from different companies,” says Klaus Weinberger, Managing Director of the Head Hub Tirol, who also pointed out that although it is recognized that the home office model is becoming increasingly important, there are no home labs explicitly, i.e. the lab cannot be taken home can take. The 5-storey building is also progressive from a structural point of view. In addition to a large-scale photovoltaic system and an e-mobility concept, the green that falls victim to the construction site should grow back on the roof of the finished building. According to project developer Johannes Unterluggauer, the interior is based on communication centers instead of small office units. An exact cost estimate is still difficult, but they are planning with 46 million euros, says Unterluggauer.
happy with project
Mayor Georg Willi spoke of a “happy day”. With the 99-year building permit, the Ursulines also took a far-sighted path. “It’s always said that there is a standstill in the city, but in fact a lot is being built,” says the mayor. Provincial Councilor Mario Gerber congratulated the entrepreneur for his courage, the past few years had not been easy. The new building in the west finally turns the Hötting district into a life science district. With the company MED-EL, a global player has been based in the Hötting Au for years, which is Innsbruck’s largest private employer.