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Developer, planner, client and investor

Bau- und Liegenschaftsbetrieb NRW

The Bielefeld branch of Bau- und Liegenschaftsbetrieb NRW (BLB NRW) is the developer, planner, client and investor behind the construction work at Campus Bielefeld.

Bau- und Liegenschaftsbetrieb NRW’s Bielefeld branch has a staff of about 240 and looks after all the properties owned by the State of North Rhine-Westphalia in the city of Bielefeld and in the districts of Gütersloh, Herford, Lippe, Höxter, Minden-Lübbecke and Paderborn. Leases for a total of approx. 1.1 million square metres of office, laboratory and separate use space break down between universities and colleges, police stations, judicial administration, prisons, fiscal administration and other state authorities.

BLB NRW manages and runs the buildings and sites and carries out life cycle maintenance. Its remit also includes the development, planning and construction of new buildings and extensions to meet the state’s working space requirements.

Handling the building requirements of the Federal Armed Forces and foreign armed forces on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany is another major area of responsibility for BLB’s Bielefeld branch.

The staff have been based at August-Bebel-Straße 91, Bielefeld, since November 2009. This prominently sited functional new building enables all the main areas of expertise of the Bielefeld branch to be brought together at one place. The branch is headed by architect Heinrich Micus.

The Campus Bielefeld construction projects are THE university projects of the first half of the 21st century, just as the 1970s buildings were THE university buildings of the last century. For everyone currently involved, this will be the biggest construction project of their lives. That’s an incentive – and a challenge.

Heinrich Micus
Manager, Bielefeld branch,
Bau- und Liegenschaftsbetrieb NRW

About the development of Campus Bielefeld

BLB NRW has actively pursued the Campus Bielefeld project since 2006 in cooperation with Bielefeld City Council and the universities. Right from the beginning the aim has been to make Bielefeld more competitive as a higher education location, with a view to the long term.

In 2007/2008 a cooperative competition marked the breakthrough for the development of Campus North, with a high level of public involvement in the planning process. Local residents, academic staff, students and other Bielefeld stakeholders took part in four lively public forums held at Bielefeld’s Ringlokschuppen to generate ideas - a productive form of planning process that served as a model for the region.

On 22 June 2007 the panel of judges chose the winner of the town-planning competition to develop Campus North. Town planners/architects Döll - Atelier voor Bouwkunst b.v., Rotterdam, Netherlands, and GTL Gnüchtel Triebswetter Landschaftsarchitekten, Kassel, beat four other teams in this open competition.

Panel of judges
The panel sat in a closed session on 22 June 2007. The members were:

  • Prof. Carl Fingerhuth, Zurich (CH)
  • Prof. Christl Drey, Kassel
  • Prof. Klaus Daniels, Munich
  • Manfred Hegger, Kassel, represented by Prof. Gesine Weinmiller, Berlin
  • Prof. Ivan Reimann, Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Schmidt, Stuttgart
  • Heinrich Micus, Branch Manager, BLB NRW Bielefeld
  • Heiner Sommer, BLB NRW/Düsseldorf Head Office
  • Gregor Moss, official, Building/Planning Department, Bielefeld City Council
  • Dieter Grömling, Munich
  • Eberhard David, Mayor of Bielefeld (CDU)
  • Ferdinand Tiggemann, former Manager, BLB NRW/Düsseldorf Head Office
  • Dankfried Köttig, BLB NRW/Düsseldorf Head Office
  • Dr. Karoline Friemann, Ministry of Construction and Transport, State of North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Michael Hoppe, Ministry of Innovation, Science, Research and Technology (MIWFT), State of NRW
  • Prof. Dr. Beate Rennen-Allhoff, Principal, Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences
  • Prof. Dr. Dieter Timmermann, Rector, University of Bielefeld, represented by Hans-Jürgen Simm, Vice-Chancellor, University of Bielefeld
  • Hans-Georg Fortmeier, SPD parliamentary party, Bielefeld
  • Ralf C. Nettelstroth, CDU parliamentary party, Bielefeld
  • Prof. Dr. Frank Riemenschneider, Münster, represented by Gehsa Schnier, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences

Town planners / Architects:
Döll - Atelier voor Bouwkunst b.v.,
Rotterdam | Netherlands

Landscape architect:
GTL Gnüchtel Triebswetter Landschaftsarchitekten,
Kassel | Germany