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Politics & Administration

Special Planning and Project Management Unit

The Special Planning and Project Management (I-S) staff unit supports the business units in the implementation of various planning and construction projects. We handle projects with special significance for the city or projects that involve a special degree of difficulty. This is the case, for example, when many different organizational units and/or external parties are to be involved, there is special time pressure, or an overarching view is necessary. Often, these are projects that cannot or should not be clearly assigned to any organizational unit.


Fabio Schillaci, Julia Leusmann (management), Annett Hesse (from left to right)
Fabio Schillaci, Julia Leusmann (management), Annett Hesse (from left to right)

We report directly to the City Planning Department and work together with our colleagues from the business areas of urban planning and construction consulting, road construction and project coordination, green space, land and building management, and structural engineering. Our work focuses in particular on the early phase of project development. Starting with a concrete need for action or an initial idea for structural change, we develop scenarios for possible implementation and accompany the project until it can be mapped in the structures of the city administration. Our goal is to get more out of the projects for the city and thus for the citizens through interdepartmental management and intensive, strategically oriented preliminary work.

The topics dealt with by the department are constantly changing in line with the city's development priorities. Precisely because each project differs structurally, thematically and organizationally from the previous one, the department today has a wealth of experience in procedures and methods, but above all an extensive network of the most diverse experts within the city administration. We are particularly experienced in the area of planning competitions (with citizen participation) and VgV procedures with solution proposals.


  • Nordhoff axis - experts, planners, and representatives from politics and administration discuss at the topic table in the mentoring circle

    © Schulten Urban and Spatial Development

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  • North head planning - planning workshop

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  • Laagberg Memorial and Learning Site - The jury evaluates the submitted competition entries during the jury meeting

    © Lars Landmann

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  • Bildungshaus - students write comments on the competition designs in the context of public participation before the jury meeting

    © Ansgar Wilkendorf

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  • North head planning - The urban planning team explains the framework conditions from the Nordhoff axis master planning to the planners of the north head.

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  • Main building of the Ratsgymnasium - the jury meets in the former ticket hall as part of the planning competition

    © Ansgar Wilkendorf

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  • North head planning - The municipal project team explains the challenges and framework conditions to a planning team during a site visit

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  • Educational house - the jury votes on a competition entry during the 1st jury session

    © Ansgar Wilkendorf

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  • Education House - The jury deliberates on the three revised designs during the advisory meeting in the 3rd phase of the competition.

    © Ansgar Wilkendorf

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  • Sports halls and school open spaces Fallersleben - student representatives explain the jury's decision for the 1st prize during the award ceremony

    © Ansgar Wilkendorf

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  • Nordhoff axis -The master plan is exhibited in the showcase of the Alvar Aalto House of Culture

    © Lars Landmann

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  • Main building Ratsgymnasium - The city building inspector discusses with the jury members and a student representative at the jury meeting.

    © Ansgar Wilkendorf

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  • Fallersleben sports halls and school open spaces - The chair of the school committee, together with municipal experts from the fields of open space planning and energy, formulates the assessment text for an award winner of the competition

    © Ansgar Wilkendorf

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  • Sports halls and school open spaces Fallersleben - The jury discusses during the jury meeting at the model

    © Ansgar Wilkendorf

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  • Laagberg Memorial and Learning Site - The competition result including the models will be exhibited in the display window of the Alvar Aalto House of Culture

    © Lars Landmann

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  • Ratsgymnasium main building - students evaluate the competition designs on the basis of the application models in the context of public participation

    © Ansgar Wilkendorf

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  • Nordhoff axis - The planning team and representatives of the administration exchange views on the present planning with an expert during the mentoring circle

    © Schulten Urban and Spatial Development

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  • Educational building - citizens inform themselves about the individual competition designs at the model table within the framework of citizen participation

    © Ansgar Wilkendorf

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  • Nordhoff axis - The municipal project team exchanges ideas with the planners on the contents of the master planning

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  • Ratsgymnasium main building - a former student informs himself about the competition designs and their connection to the existing buildings

    Ansgar Wilkendorf

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  • Bildungshaus - A citizen describes her impression of a competition design to other exhibition visitors

    © Ansgar Wilkendorf

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  • Bildungshaus - A student explains to classmates her thoughts on a submitted competition design.

    © Ansgar Wilkendorf

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  • Educational building - pupils study the contents of the plan within the framework of public participation

    © Ansgar Wilkendorf

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  • Sports halls and school open spaces Fallersleben - The local mayor and a specialist judge assess a work during the jury session

    © Ansgar Wilkendorf

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  • House of education - citizens visit the non-public exhibition on the competition in the run-up to the jury meeting.

    © Ansgar Wilkendorf

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  • Education house - A citizen has a design presented as part of citizen participation

    © Ansgar Wilkendorf

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  • Ratsgymnasium main building - interested citizens have the differences of the competition works explained to them on the basis of the insert models

    © Ansgar Wilkendorf

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  • Laagberg Memorial and Learning Site - A family informs itself about the tasks of the planning competition in the context of citizen participation

    © Lars Landmann

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Current projects

  • Public Space and Public Life Study (PSPL Study).

    Whether an urban space functions well can be seen from how diverse and active public life is, because the abstract concept of urbanity is primarily determined by the activity of the people in a city. In the past, however, the critical examination of Porschestrasse has always been about urban planning or structural deficits, which have often been countered with long-term planning considerations and structural measures.

    In order to obtain a short-term basis for making the public space more attractive, the city of Wolfsburg commissioned the Copenhagen office Gehl to conduct a study on public space and public life. The aim was to identify - in the short term and yet empirically proven - unused potential and fields of action and to derive concrete, easily implementable measures, which ideally should still be implemented with the immediate program "Perspektive Innenstadt!". These approaches can bridge long-term developments and planning with the help of temporary projects.

    The Gehl team visited Wolfsburg from 22.09.-25.09.2021. The study is based on concrete counts and observations that reveal patterns in people's locomotion and stay in public space. On the one hand, this study is a working paper; on the other hand, it is intended to provide Wolfsburg residents with a new perspective on public space and public life in their own everyday lives. First measures to increase attractiveness such as mobile greenery, play and recreation facilities were located on the basis of the results.

    One year later, from 01.09.-03.09.2022, Büro Gehl once again observed public life in the areas of the pilot projects. The follow-up study shows how the implemented "play, rest and recreation zones" of the funding program affect the quality of stay and the behavior of the people of Wolfsburg.

    The project is part of the "Perspective on the City Center!" program, which is coordinated by Wolfsburg Wirtschaft und Marketing GmbH (WMG).

    The "Perspektive Innenstadt!" emergency program is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and as part of the Union's response to the COVID 19 pandemic. The funding program is designed to help municipalities in Lower Saxony cope with the consequences of the pandemic in the inner cities.

  • Master plan Nordhoff axis

    Strategies for integrated spatial development along Heinrich-Nordhoff-Strasse


    Master plan Nordhoff axis
    © AS P

    Wolfsburg is constantly developing! To secure Wolfsburg's competitiveness and quality of life for the future, it needs spaces for change and expansion. The most sustainable - and at the same time associated with great challenges - is the redevelopment of previously underused, centrally located areas in the city. The Nordhoffachse master plan shows how and where development is possible and what needs to be considered in the process. Along the Mittelland Canal and the rail line between the city center and the Volkswagen plant, some 13,000 people could work and 7,000 people could live in the next 20 to 30 years. Starting from the main train station with a new central ZOB, three mixed-use neighborhoods can gradually emerge along an innovation route: the Quartier am Nordkopf, the VW Campus with a new regional train stop, and the Quartier am Mittellandpark. The "windows to the factory" allow a view across the canal to the industrial monument that characterizes the cityscape. The existing neighborhoods of Hageberg, Wohltberg and Hohenstein move closer to the south side of Heinrich-Nordhoff-Strasse. A quality bus will run in its own lane, linking the P R services in the southeast and southwest of the city with the plant and the main train station. The innovation route located inside the new quarters offers space for pedestrians, cyclists and new micromobility services.

  • Contact

  • Contact

    City of Wolfsburg
    Special Planning and Project Management Unit
    Porschestrasse 49
    38440 Wolfsburg

    E-mail to the staff unit

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