Heidelberg Innovation Park (hip) is currently taking shape on the 15-hectare site that was formerly Patton Barracks. The site is in an easily accessible location on Speyerer Strasse and directly adjacent to Bahnstadt, the city’s new district of the future. The main station is within walking distance and there are several tram and bus stops on the site itself.
Digitalization is the industrial revolution of the 21st century. hip will create solutions for the digital world. Short distances, an open campus atmosphere with attractive meeting places, and flexible usage models in the buildings will promote vigorous cooperation between creative minds. The environment will help to ensure that ideas and scenarios will evolve into joint projects involving industry, research and business. Both the City of Heidelberg’s own digital agency and the state-funded Digital Hub for the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region will have a presence in hip to support start-ups and established companies in their ongoing expansion.
All the buildings will be equipped with fiber optic broadband. The project also takes into account new forms of working, such as co-working spaces or a makerspace, for example. In addition, a large sports arena with capacity for up to 5,000 spectators is to be constructed on the southwestern edge of the site.
hip will also create all the conditions necessary to promote exchange between people. Joint events, lectures, forums and presentations will be held on a regular basis. And: The park will have its own app, allowing companies located at hip to present themselves and connect.