Urban development of a waterfront site for housing and recreation purposes by PPP – “Waisengärten”


Participating Project Partners


Current Situation

Site development projects in an urban context especially on the waterfront are always a challenge for the developer. On the one hand these sites entail chances of profit but on the other hand technical or planning obligations limit the options. PPP may offer the possibility to share risks and profits. With developing urban sites (brownfields) the EGS considers also the chance to increase the regional competitiveness by finding sustainable ways including the participation of all local stakeholders.

In the cities of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern the number of brownfields in inner cities has rapidly increased during the last decades. This process increasingly threatens the attractiveness and complex structure of our cities and stands in contrast to the ongoing greenfield developments for housing and industrial use in the suburban areas. 

The selected the area called “Waisengärten” in the quarter “Werdervorstadt”, located in the inner city of Schwerin between city-centre and the lakeside. “Waisengärten” is also one of the most important brownfield areas for the urban development of Schwerin.



The EGS in Schwerin will handle the topic of site development at the waterfront for housing and recreation purposes and in this context elaborates how PPP can be used for this. Furthermore, an adequate utilisation concept has to be defined for the brownfield which is able to balance the public and economic requirements.

The overall objective is to realise a site development in a sustainable way and for the benefit of the whole city and the wellbeing of the inhabitants. The EGS wants to show, that PPP is a good instrument to balance public interests and necessary economic requirements.



Activities to develop the site “Waisengärten” are:

  • identification of all stakeholders’ interests (current users, owner, municipal administration, public, other affected people, interested investor …);
  • elaboration of a feasibility study;
  • requirement of an expert opinions;
  • architectural competition;
  • participation of relevant stakeholders (2 bigger workshops);
  • drafting a preliminary design for urban development;
  • search for potential investors