Union Gewerbehof

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Created in 1986 in a deprived industrial suburb of the city of Dortmund, the Union Gewerbehof has promoted environment-friendly businesses engaged in three different sectors of activity: building and housing, transport, and catering. 100 new jobs have been created by new small businesses, and the renovation of the Union Gewerbehof itself has become an example of careful renovation of old industrial buildings.

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Funding

The Union Gewerbehof gGmbH is a charity organised in the form of a charitable company. It is self-financed up to EUR 300,000. Public subsidies amount to EUR 60,000.

Context

The Union Gewerbehof started as an initiative working in a deprived suburb of Dortmund, after the closure of the big Thyssen-Krupp steelworks.

Objectives/Partnership

The objective of the Union Gewerbehof is to combine environmental protection with social issues. The approach is to promote new ideas for small businesses which avoid the destruction of the natural environment and which lead to a sustainable development of the local economy.

Activities

The Union Gewerbehof operates from a cluster of disused industrial buildings which it has renovated in an ecological way. It now rents out 5,000 square metres of offices, workshops and storerooms of various sizes, and provides meeting rooms and common services. It focuses on creating a business environment for environment-friendly small businesses. It also offers training courses for local long-term unemployed people or people with literacy and numeracy problems and lends assistance to people who were legally incapacitated.

Environment-friendly businesses are now engaged in three kinds of activities:

  • the supply of ecological products to the building and housing sector (Ökomarkt)
  • transport: car pooling (Stadtauto), inner city delivery by bicycle and public transport
  • catering services

Impacts

Employment/Economy

100 new jobs have been created by new small businesses set up in the Union Gewerbehof. Between 1995 and 1998, the Union Gewerbehof doubled the square metres rented to new initiatives, and it hopes to double this again within the next few years.

Environment

Many people have been trained to work in the building sector in a more environment-friendly way; through this approach, knowledge and technology have been exported to enterprises outside the Gewerbehof which are spreading the idea of environmental protection.

The renovation of the Union Gewerbehof itself has become an example of careful renovation of old buildings with environment-friendly products, technologies and systems that use renewable energy and in so doing save energy and natural resources.

Contact

Hans-Gerd Nottembohm
Union Gewerbehof gGmbH
Huckarder Str. 10-12
Tel: +49 231 162476
Fax: +49 231 162798
E-mail: hans-gerd@nottenbohm.de
Website: http://union-gewerberhof.de

Access map: http://www.zfg-dortmund.de/kontakt/anfahrt_auto

Source

FERRARESI Paolo, SIDAWAY Jane: Global Ecology. Environmental and Social Regeneration. The Report. CECOP R& D, 1999, 191 pages.

Deutsche Zusammenfassung

Der Union Gewerbehof ist ein gutes Beispiel für die sinnvolle Umnutzung von alten Industriegebäuden. Heute beherbergt das Gebäudeensemble ca. 40 kleinere und mittlere Unternehmen. Das Raumangebot setzt sich aus Büro-, Werkstatt-, Atelier und Lagerräumen verschiedenster Größe zusammen und umfasst ca. 5.000 m² zu vermietende Fläche. Zusätzlich bietet der Gewerbehof gemeinschaftlich genutzte Flä­chen, Seminarräume sowie unternehmensnahe Dienstleistungen. Neben den sozialen Aspekten spielt bei baulichen Maßnahmen und der technischen Gebäudeausstattung der Einsatz umweltfreundlicher Materialien und Technologien eine wichtige Rolle. In diesem engen Nebeneinander unterschiedlicher Unternehmen ist ein soziales Gebilde entstanden, das fruchtbare Formen der Zusammenarbeit hervorgerufen hat.

Quelle: http://www.wirtschaftsfoerderung-dortmund.de/de/ansiedlung/immobilien/sonstige/union_gewerbehof.jsp