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RTPI members from across the English regions visit Hamburg
RTPI members have visited Hamburg to learn more about ambitious planning developments in one of Europe's most dynamic cities.
A group of 12 Yorkshire and South East members were invited to see a range of inspirational development schemes across the city, including the regeneration of the HafenCity waterfront development area – a city centre district with 20,000 extra residents which has attracted substantial overseas investment.
The study visit, a mixture of guided and independent tours, took place from 26 – 29 March, and has been organised in conjunction with Leeds School of Planning at Leeds Beckett University, an RTPI- accredited planning school.
The visit has been organised by RTPI Yorkshire's International Committee – a core group of ten chartered RTPI members and volunteers. The visit was led by Dr Kevin Thomas, Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University.
The group has previously organised a trip abroad to Freiberg, Germany in 2013.
RTPI member Astrid Lynn, a Senior Planning Officer at Test Valley Borough Council took part in the trip. She said: "The hospitality shown to us has been beyond compare. This is a city that knows itself and can welcome all newcomers and seems to match rhetoric with its actions, it owns 40 percent of state land and uses its key strengths to ensure optimal development options.
"This is Place Making at the cutting edge, setting the bar high. The UK has a lot to learn from here and it's a privilege and a challenge "
The group also got the opportunity to visit a major landmark – Elbphilharmonie, a cultural venue, and HafenCity University – a purpose-built environment university, specialising in urban planning and civil engineering courses.
Members were also given a presentation from the Hamburg Ministry of Development, which provided an insightful overview of the city's urban vision and its key challenges.
Hamburg, a major freight port in Northern Germany, currently has a population of 1.8 million and is Germany's second largest city.