19. März 2019, 04:27 Uhr | Stefanie Eckardt
IN Campus: The Audi Technology Park of the Future is being built in Ingolstadt. In the future, 60 hectares will become an industrial area, 15 hectares is the near-natural compensation area.
Not far from its main factory in Ingolstadt, Audi is developing the IN-Campus, a 75-hectare technology park. IN-Campus, a joint venture between Audi and the city of Ingolstadt, is working with partners to employ innovated methods of decontaminating land that is polluted in places.
The name IN-Campus refers to a technology park that Audi is going to be building at its Ingolstadt site — a center for development and preliminary design that will one day be a place of work for thousands of experts. On the IN-Campus, Audi will be creating space for diversity and a culture of innovation. It will be a new working world for highly skilled Audi employees and high-tech service providers. The company has partnered with the city of Ingolstadt to form a joint venture named IN-Campus. The IN-Campus does not require any undeveloped land to be covered up — on the contrary, the project will breathe new life into a heavily contaminated industrial wasteland. The clean-up process required is projected to take around five years.
The IN-Campus will be situated on the site of a former refinery in eastern Ingolstadt that produced a range of petroleum products for 43 years. It ceased operations in 2008, and demolition of the facilities continued until 2013. Three quarters of the site, which covers almost 100 hectares, were purchased in fall 2015 for the symbolic price of one euro by IN-Campus, the company set up specifically for the project. The public remediation contract was signed just a few months later. The 1,200 or so exploratory drilling operations and 50,000 laboratory analyses conducted over a number of years had revealed that 22 of the 75 hectares were polluted and in need of remediation. The soil contained 900 metric tons of fuel oil, 200 metric tons of light gasoline and 100 kilograms of perfluorinated and polyfluorinated chemicals (PFCs). ARGE IN-Campus, a consortium of three specialist companies, began remediation work in fall 2017. The project incorporates four particular methods: Groundwater treatment, air sparging, honeycomb excavation and downstream soil washing.
The remediation work is due to finish by the end of 2022. In the future, IN-Campus will use 60 hectares of the land for business and industrial purposes, while the remaining 15 hectares in the north and east will be set aside for ecological compensation in the form of a near-natural alluvial forest. Construction of the IN-Campus has already begun in the northwestern section of the site, which is unpolluted. The first building is the Project House for around 1,400 Audi employees and development partners working in the field of new technologies and is due to be completed by the end of 2020. It will gradually be followed by additional structures including a vehicle safety center, an IT center and an energy management center.