Potsdam – Quarterback Immobilien AG has acquired the new building project on Humboldtring in Zentrum Ost. The company announced this on Monday. The construction of new apartments between Nuthestrasse, Humboldtring and Havelufer near Babelsberg Park is one of the most controversial new construction projects in the city in recent years.

Deutsche Wohnen has now apparently secured this area with Quarterback Immobilien AG – because Quarterback says it is responsible “among other things for the new construction activities for Deutsche Wohnen SE”. According to the information, the group holds 40 percent of Quarterback Immobilien AG. In Potsdam, Quarterback and Deutsche Wohnen would significantly expand their presence on the housing market with the Humboldtring project.

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According to Quarterback, buildings with five full floors and a total of 256 one- to four-room apartments are planned. This results in a total living space of more than 11,000 square meters. It is being built on a 6700 square meter plot; it already lies fallow, the grove there was cleared many months ago after a search for ammunition. According to Quarterback, each unit should have a balcony or patio.

The apartments are to be built in the red field.Graphics: PNN/Klöpfel

The preparation of the development plan took years

The concept includes a green area in the inner courtyard with a playground, an underground car park with at least 60 parking spaces and bicycle parking spaces. The buildings would be constructed in accordance with the KfW 55 energy efficiency standard. In total, this involves around 600 residential units with more than 44,000 square meters of total floor space.

The preparation of the development plan for the area at Humboldtring alone took years and caused a conflict with the Castle Foundation and the State Monuments Office. Even the International Council for the Preservation of Monuments (Icomos), which advises Unesco on World Heritage issues, got involved. In mid-February 2021, 1.8 hectares of forest were cleared for construction. Activists protested against it. The last-named investor was the Berlin project developer BMP, who had announced that the plans would be put to the economic test. Quarterback announced that the seller and the purchase price would not be disclosed.